Help for factory workers
THE leader of Carmarthenshire Council has said his authority is ready to help workers at the threatened Dewhirst warehouse in Ammanford.
Dewhirst, which manufactures clothes for the Marks & Spencer chain, will soon start a consultation with unions and staff over potential redundancies among the 124 staff at Capel Hendre site. The company uses Dewhirst to store and check products made abroad before being sent to shop floors.
Council leader Kevin Madge said: "We have made approaches to both the Welsh Government and Job Centre Plus and all three of us are in dialogue in readiness for any developments on this issue.
"We have obviously offered as much support as would be needed to assist the firm and its employees in any way we can.
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"No major decision has been taken as yet on the future of Dewhirst.
"A task force would be formed of key stakeholders such as the county council, Welsh Government and Job Centre Plus if a decision was taken to close the factor and make redundancies."
In November 2010 Marks and Spencer announced it would be reducing its dependency on external warehousing operations and taking products direct from factories.
A spokesman for Dewhirst confirmed Marks and Spencer was looking to cut out the warehousing facility it provided in Ammanford.
He said: "We have informed staff there is a likelihood there will be some redundancies.
"We haven't entered into any formal form of consultation yet."
GMB union representative Mervyn Burnett said: "The staff feel a bit angry. "They are very concerned about job security and their future."