Castleford: 210 factory jobs loss a 'body blow'

Plans to close a west Yorkshire factory which makes the After Eight chocolate mints was today described as a "body blow" by unions.

Nestle has announced plans to close the Castelford plant, which has been in the town for 40 years, next year with the loss of 210 jobs.

John Mallinder, the regional officer of Unite and the largest union in the country, said: "Unite has two goals and these are to see that production of the plant remains in the UK, thereby safeguarding jobs; and that the Castleford workforce is redeployed to Nestle's Halifax plant 10 miles away.

"This is a body blow to Castleford as the Nestle plant is the last big manufacturing facility in the town, which has already lost its chemical factories and mining industry.

"Nestle is the largest confectionary company in the world and there should be plenty of scope for the hard working and dedicated staff to be redeployed.

"Halifax, which makes Quality Street chocolates, would be the obvious and logical place for such a deployment."

A Nestle spokesman said jobs would be offered at alternative sites.

John Mallinder said that Unite has been in touch with the town's MP Yvette Cooper.

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