The 200 job losses at water heating manufacturer Heatrae Sadia in Norwich is ‘a hammer blow’ to Norfolk’s economy, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Thursday 10 January).

Unite regional officer Steve Harley said: “This is very bad news for the local economy.

“Unite representatives are meeting with a senior executive of the parent company Baxi Heating UK today, when we will be asking for the figures to justify the business rationale for this hammer blow decision.

“We will be strongly questioning why the production of the water cylinders and electric water heaters would be moved to Preston.

“We are also seeking a timetable for the consultation period during which time we will be exploring what can be done to mitigate the job losses.

“This announcement follows on from the news that Britivic and Unilever, producers of the iconic Colman’s Mustard, are closing their sites in Norwich by the end of 2019.

“Norwich can ill-afford to lose more highly skilled manufacturing jobs, especially with the uncertainly over Brexit and given that Norfolk is a predominately rural county.

“This is cruel news for our more than 80 members at this company which is 99-years old. We will be giving maximum support to our members and their families at this difficult and very challenging time.” 


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