Joint statement on Hoover jobs
Joint Statement by Dawn Bowden AM and Gerald Jones MP
Earlier today, we met company representatives at the Hoover Candy Ltd site in Merthyr Tydfil to discuss the current consultations about job losses at this site. The parent company is now Haier Electronics of China.
Background to the current consultation
The company explained the background to the ongoing and statutory consultation and the company’s decision to centralise a number of functions to Warrington. The consultation involves 45 job roles, and the company is having a series of consultation meetings with the staff and staff representatives about their personal situations. If the plans move forward, then the changes would take place by around spring 2020.
Sadly, the staff group affected do not have trade union recognition. The company unfortunately would not “facilitate” a meeting we had hoped to have with some of the staff on the site today. We are making alternative arrangements to meet staff in the near future. We do not propose to make detailed comments until we have spoken with those staff.
Hoover is in contact with the Welsh Government and depending on the final outcome from the current consultation, a range of advice and support will be offered to staff.
Distribution remains in Merthyr Tydfil
In better news, the company did confirm that the distribution operation will remain in Merthyr Tydfil, and the business plan hopes to see growth in this activity in future. The company is currently investing in the warehousing facilities on Hoover’s Merthyr Tydfil site. Unite the Union represents the warehousing and distribution staff.
We understand that consultation about redundancies is a sensitive and upsetting issue for those involved, and so we hope to speak with any staff who would like to meet us in the near future.
Gerald Jones MP
Oldway House, Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8UX
Dawn Bowden AM
110 High Street, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8AP