Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging UK Ltd has today informed its workforce at Deeside, Wales, that their manufacturing facility is to close, resulting in 168 redundancies.

The workforce has been told that the company is pulling out of the UK and that the work will be transferred to other locations within its global business.

Unite Wales regional secretary Peter Hughes said: “Our members who work for Mondi at Deeside are this afternoon in complete shock following the announcement by their employer that they are closing their workplace and exiting from the UK.

"This is a betrayal of a loyal workforce, who only two years ago rescued the site from administration. Unite expects answers from Mondi and a full explanation as to how they have come to this disgraceful decision. We will be subjecting Mondi to rigorous scrutiny and doing everything within our power to reverse this announcement.

"If this decision is upheld it will have a devastating effect on the economy of North Wales and be yet another hammer blow to our manufacturing base in Wales."

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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