Business buoyed by Glass factory investment in Harlow (but jobs may be shed)

News / Thu 15th May 2014 at 11:44am

O-I has told staff that the good news is that they plan to build a new furnace and install state of the art equipment.

However, there has also been a warning that jobs may go with up to fifty workers facing the axe.

YH understands that representatives of the GMB and Unite unions are in talks regarding the jobs.

Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Harlow, Suzy Stride, said: “I welcome this investment which secures the future of the O-I plant in Harlow.

“I also urge O-I to do everything in their power to avoid compulsory redundancies and I will be doing all I can to work with Unite and GMB to alleviate the impact on those at risk of redundancy.

“It is important that OI works closely with the unions to ensure that as many as possible of these redundancies are voluntary and not compulsory.”

Harlow MP Conservative Robert Halfon also praised the investment although he also expressed his concerns regarding possible job losses.

Mr Halfon said: “This investment is part of a €60m investment in the UK which means they are here to stay in Harlow.

“O-I is a great company in Harlow and though it is worrying that there may be redundancies they have told me they will be offering voluntary redundancies early as well as jobseekers training which is good news.

“They are trying to work with the trade unions to get a proper package which is encouraging.

General manager of the Harlow District Chamber of Commerce, Ian Hudson also welcomed the annoucement.

He said: “Anything that can provide on-going development for Harlow and its residents is a good thing and we are fully supportive of the investment. Such a large investment is really positive news for the town.”

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1 Comment for Business buoyed by Glass factory investment in Harlow (but jobs may be shed):

2014-05-22 19:49:46

47 jobs not 50

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