Treatment of closure factory workers 'callous'
A SWANSEA MP has branded the treatment of Alberto Culver factory workers as "callous" after it was revealed work from the site will be transferred to Poland.
Earlier this month consumer giant Unilever announced the factory on Swansea Enterprise Park would be closed with the loss of 225 jobs.
But it has now been revealed the production of low-volume items, work which accounted for around 25 per cent of the factory's output, will be moved to one of its Polish sites.
Swansea East MP Sian James said: "This news of relocation to Poland confirms my earlier view that the move has nothing to do with the global economic recession.
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"It is entirely about a £19.6 billion turnover company opting to increase profits at the expense of its Swansea employees.
"This revelation has only increased my anger and disappointment at such callous treatment of a loyal workforce."
The news has also been met with dismay by those working at the factory.
One worker, who didn't wish to be named, said: "We are all upset about it. We are all aware of the work going to Poland, we have even been told the first machinery from here will be going to a factory in November. We are all losing our jobs to another country."
As well as the Swansea factory, a further 25 jobs will be lost at a distribution centre in Bridgend which serves the Swansea site.
A factory in Ewloe in Flintshire will also be closed, along with another in Slough.
But around 200 jobs will be created at the company's Port Sunlight site in the Wirral.
A spokesman for the company said: "As you know, our Swansea site will close at the end of 2013 with the manufacture of high-volume products like shampoo, which account for something like 75 per cent of production in Swansea, transferring to Port Sunlight.
"The remaining portfolio of smaller, low- volume items like hair-styling products will be absorbed by our specialist facility in Poland."
Alberto Culver was purchased by Unilever, responsible for brands such as Domestos, Lynx, Marmite, Persil and Pot Noodle, in May 2011. It was announced in June that the company was looking to restructure its UK business.
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