Loyal staff deserve better recognition for their service at Hoover Candy
JOINT STATEMENT BY DAWN BOWDEN AM AND GERALD JONES MP
We are very disappointed by today’s announcement by Hoover Candy to relocate roles from Merthyr Tydfil to Warrington. Before the close of the statutory consultation period about possible job losses, we had ourselves consulted with the staff, and we asked the company to reconsider the importance of these 45 jobs to our constituency’s economy and wellbeing.
The case for relocating these 45 posts is not convincing, as these roles could as easily be carried out in Merthyr Tydfil as in Warrington. Staff on the site in Merthyr Tydfil have skills which are clearly valued by Hoover Candy, which is reflected in the steps the company is taking by asking staff from Merthyr Tydfil to train other company employees and potential new recruits in Warrington. It is ironic that the staff who are at risk of redundancy are being asked to train other company employees in Warrington, and we understand their unhappiness at this situation.
In our recent meeting with the company, they recognised that amongst the people now threatened with redundancy in Merthyr Tydfil are loyal and long-serving employees. Their roles also make an important contribution to the economy of our constituency.
We therefore feel it is unfair of the company to:
- Make these 45 staff at risk of redundancy;
- Overlook the longstanding loyalty of many of these staff, and
- Fail to recognise the contribution the company is still asking some of the staff to make, prior to relocating their roles to Warrington.
We have ourselves been in contact with the Welsh Government, and we understand that it is ready to support affected employees in the period ahead. We would urge the company’s full cooperation with any support provided, so that the staff group receive all of the support that they need.
We know that this is a difficult and upsetting situation for those involved, and we offer our full support to any staff who would like to speak to us or meet with us in the weeks ahead.
Dawn Bowden AM Gerald Jones MP
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney