Potential closure of Bedwas factory a 'body blow', says local MP
4:18pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
THE MP for Caerphilly says he is “extremely concerned” about the potential closure of an aluminium factory in Bedwas and a potential 132 job losses.
Sapa Profiles UK today said that they are entering a period of consultation with employees and unions about the future of the factory.
The company blame changing market conditions as one of the reasons for this action.
Reacting to the news, Wayne David MP said: “I am extremely concerned about today’s announcement. I have spoken with the company and received an assurance that there will be full consultation with the workforce, Unite the Union, the local council, the Welsh Government, the Assembly Member and myself before any decisions are taken.
“It was emphasised that the consultation begins next week and a conclusion will only be reached when an ‘agreement’ is reached.
“I will be liaising with my colleague Jeff Cuthbert AM, Caerphilly Council and the Welsh Government over the next few weeks. I will also be working closely with Unite the Union, of which I am a member.
“It is imperative to do everything possible to save these jobs. Sapa is an important employer and if the factory closes it will be a body blow to the local economy.”
During the consultation period, priority will be given to mitigating the impact of the proposal on the employees, according to Sapa.
Should the proposal to close proceed, Sapa will “strive to provide all opportunities possible for future employment”.
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