December 04, 2006 11:40 ET

Amicus workers take fight to save their jobs to Sweden

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 04, 2006) - Amicus, the UK's largest manufacturing union is sending a delegation of Amicus representatives to Sweden on Wednesday (6th December) to try and stop the closure of the Dormer Tools site in Worksop site with the loss of 200 jobs.

Workers from the plant will be meeting with Lars Patterson, the CEO of Sandvik Tools, to try and convince him of the case for keeping the Worksop site open. Local Labour MP John Mann will also be travelling with the Amicus delegation after the company announced last month its intention to close the plant and shift production to Brazil.

Kevin Brown, Amicus convenor at the site who will be travelling to Sweden, said:
"What a blow for the loyal employees at the site just before Christmas. There is a wealth of skills and experience that will be lost if the closure goes ahead."

Paul Cropper, Senior Site Rep, said:
"We need to discuss with Mr Patterson the reasons behind the proposals to close our award winning site. Over the last few years the site has continually made production improvements and turned in profits for its parent company Sandvik Tools."

Steve Syson Amicus Regional Officer said:
"This proposal shows a further demise in UK manufacturing as we see companies moving to foreign shores. Amicus will fight for UK jobs in the face of global competition as companies seek to have production moved to lower wage economies."

Amicus is currently running a national campaign to save manufacturing jobs in the UK and has recently released the report 'The Future of Manufacturing' which highlights the UK's economic dependency on the manufacturing sector.

The proposed closure of the Worksop site will have a devastating affect on the local community.

Media opportunity
Amicus representatives leaving for Sweden will be available for photos and interviews.
They are going to Sweden to try and convince their chief executive to stop the closure of the Dormer Tools site in Worksop, which will result in the loss of 200 jobs.

When: 10am-12pm, Tuesday 5th December 2006
Where: Dormer Tools, Shireoaks Road, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3HB


Contact Information

  • Amicus Regional Officer
    Steve Syson
    07960 091887
    Amicus press office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761