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Union rep slams Sandvik job cuts

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

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A UNION rep has slammed bosses at a Swadlincote factory after claiming they were not consulted in a decision to cut 360 job from the site.

Unite representative Kevin Seal spoke out after Sandvik announced operations at its Hearthcote Road site would move to Northern Ireland by 2015.

The firm has blamed the economic downturn since 2008 for the move.

Mr Seal, who has given nine years to the company, told the Mail the workforce felt ‘shunned’ and found the announcement ‘hard to swallow’.

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He said: “There has been no consultation at all, when the announcement was made that was the first we knew about it.

“If they had come to us then we could have gone to the workforce and come up with a solution.

“It is going to be utter, utter devastation.

“We could have downsized here but there has been no opportunity.”

Mr Seal has now asked for financial information from the firm and even suggested workers could march.

He added: “We don’t know what the financial packages are yet - we are going to keep on fighting.”

But managing director of Sandvik Terry Allison defended the company.

He said: “We do have the right to look at the situation internally and after then we start the process of consultation.

“The decision has been announced now based on our economic performance.

“It was not a decision which was taken lightly at all.

“We realise the impact on the organisation, individually and we want to support them the best we can.”

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