Unite the union can confirm that the contracts of over 82 EnerSys temporary workers were ended last week. The workers were given no advance notice that their employment was finishing at the Newport battery manufacturer and are now having to seek alternative employment.

Dave Gunter, Unite regional officer, commented: “The decision by EnerSys to end the employment of 82 of its temporary workforce is a huge blow those affected and their families. It is also very bad news for the wider economy of South East Wales.

"There was no consultation with Unite about the company’s plans, this decision has come completely out of the blue.

"EnerSys has handled this situation in a disgraceful way, with employees being given little or no notice that they were about to lose their jobs. Many of them came to work to be told that they would not be required the following day. This is no way to treat your workforce. We are seeking assurances from EnerSys that the company will engage with us in a far more constructive and open manner. We will be supporting the workers affected in every way that we can."

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For further information please contact Glyn Conolly on 07974 131771

Notes to editors:

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