Unite the Union

Unite the Union

May 03, 2007 10:51 ET

Unite steps up campaign to save cosmetics factory

SKELMERSDALE, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - May 3, 2007) - Unite (Amicus section), the UK's largest manufacturing union, has today (3rd May) written letters to Vivalis' four leading customers asking them to support the campaign to stop the closure of the cosmetic factory in Skelmersdale, Lancashire.

The trade union is opposing the company's proposal to shift the manufacturing of cosmetics products to China, with the loss of 255 jobs. Unite is campaigning against the proposals and believe there might be a danger that it will result in an inferior product. There is also concern that the safety and viability of the product might be affected by the move.

Vivalis, formerly known as IWP Constance Carol, announced to their employees in March 2007 that is not financially viable to keep the factory open.

Unite Regional Officer, Debbie Brannan said:
"We will continue fighting these proposals to protect the future of our members' jobs in the North West. 255 job cuts will have a devastating economic effect on families and the community of Lancashire if they close the factory in Skelmersdale.

"We are asking Senior Directors from Asda, Tesco, Boots and Superdrug to support our campaign by seeking guarantees from Vivalis that the move to China will not affect the quality and safety of the product. As well as protecting our members' jobs, we must also take into account the concerns of our members who are customers."

Contact Information

  • Amicus
    Karen Viquerat
    Communications Officer
    01704 546 500 or 07768931316
    Unite Regional Officer
    Debbie Brannan
    01704 546 500.