Job cuts planned for Nestlé UK confectionery
Nestlé has confirmed that nearly 300 jobs are to be cut from its UK operations, with proposals to shift production of Blue Riband chocolate biscuits to Poland.
The company has said it is now consulting with employees at its well-established British sites in York, Fawdon, Halifax and Girvan in Scotland.
According to Nestlé, the majority of the reduction in roles is likely to be achieved through a programme of voluntary redundancies within the business.
The decision to relocate some of its production comes as the company has faced challenges within its first quarter revenues – which remained flat compared to 2016 results, with organic growth reportedly down by 2.9%.
The proposed changes include amended and standardised shift patterns at each factory and, at Fawdon, the most complex of Nestlé’s UK confectionery sites, the transfer of Blue Riband production to a Nestlé factory in Poland. This would mean being able to simplify and focus Fawdon’s operation.
These proposals are being made by Nestlé UK to ensure that these sites operate more efficiently and remain competitive in a rapidly changing external environment.
A 45 day consultation on these proposals will commence as soon as possible with trade unions and employee representatives. Nestlé UK appreciates that this is an uncertain time for employees and will work hard to ensure all are supported through this difficult period.