Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has pledged to seek fresh assurances following the announcement of redundancies at the Typhoo Tea factory based at Moreton on the Wirral.

Redundancies

Workers were informed yesterday (Tuesday 4 February) that the company is intending to make 55 full time jobs and 21 part time jobs redundant, out of the 295 employers at the factory, a quarter of the workforce.

Unite has been in discussions with Typhoo Tea Limited for two years in order to ensure that the company continues to be commercially viable.

Deeply disappointing 

Unite regional co-ordinating officer Franny Joyce said: “The announcement of redundancies is deeply disappointing but unfortunately not surprising.

 “Unite has been working with Typhoo’s management for two years to ensure that the long-term future of the company is secured.

 “Unite will now be holding further meetings with Typhoo to ensure we can avoid any compulsory job losses and are hopeful that due to our existing contractual agreements any losses will be on a voluntary basis.

 “Unite will also be ensuring the redundancy programme is conducted in a fair and transparent manner.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.