Friday, December 20, 2013

News: Union warning over Pegler's Yorkshire future

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Unite, Britain's biggest union, has raised fears over the future of manufacturer, Pegler Yorkshire in the region.

The Dutch-owned firm is a leading manufacturer of advanced plumbing, heating and engineering products and has a commercial head office in Doncaster, and four manufacturing sites - Leeds, Doncaster, Budapest and Jiangmen, China.

In 2010 it opened a £7m state of the art warehouse and distribution centre employing 85 staff at Brookfields Park in Manvers, Rotherham.

Pegler Yorkshire recently announced 50 job cuts at its Leeds site and the union believes there is a real possibility that the site will close and the site's "Yorkshire Fittings" product will no longer be made in Yorkshire.

In July 2013 Aalbert Industries, the owner of Pegler Yorkshire transferred a French operation, Saint Denis Hotel, into the Pegler Yorkshire Group. Unite believes this was to enable the eventual transfer of production from the Leeds site to France.

Ian Tonks, national officer at Unite, said: "Despite being profitable and receiving millions of pounds worth of government investment, Unite fears Pegler Yorkshire may be planning to leave the UK. We do not believe there is a sound economic case for the job cuts and we are demanding that the company reverses this decision and guarantees the future of the site going forward.

"Unite will be giving workers at the site 100 per cent support. It is time for Yorkshire Pegler to sit down with the unions and come clean about its plans. This company is strategically important for UK manufacturing and Britain cannot afford to lose these valuable skills."

Pegler Yorkshire website

Images: Pegler Yorkshire

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