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'Substantial' redundancy package for cigarette factory workers

The Imperial Tobacco factory in Nottingham Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Workers at the Imperial Tobacco factory in Nottingham have accepted a 'substantial' redundancy package.

The company announced the closure of the factory in April, saying it is to move production of cigarettes to eastern Europe. The Nottingham site is due to close in May 2016, making 540 people redundant.

Unite union regional officer, Luke Primarolo, said:

The closure of the Imperial Tobacco factory is a bitter blow for the workforce and very serious for the local Nottinghamshire economy. It ends a link with the city that goes back to the first half of the 19th century.

Unite and the GMB union have negotiated what we feel is a substantial redundancy package for our members, but this should not distract from the fact the staff will have to find new jobs.

Union in talks over Sandvik threat of 143 job losses

Unite union is to hold urgent talks with the Wolverhampton engineering firm, Sandvik, after management said production may stop in August, causing 143 jobs to go.

The two groups will talk at a meeting on Tuesday 29 April.

This is a hammer blow to the workforce, their families, the West Midlands economy and manufacturing capacity in the UK generally.

The 143 jobs at risk are good skilled jobs. While this is still a proposal, many employees with long and dedicated service were deeply shocked and stunned by the announcement.

– Andy Taylor, Unite regional officer


Union to advise members to settle with Jaguar

Britain’s largest union, Unite, will recommend a settlement to its members to end the dispute with DHL and other agencies providing services to Jaguar Land Rover in Coventry.

DHL workers picketed outside JLR plants on Wednesday Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

There was a short strike on Wednesday when workers from DHL picketed outside the plants at Castle Bromwich and Solihull for half an hour.

Unite say "good result for JLR and car industry"

Unite's national officer Roger Maddison said the JLR pay deal is a good result for the workers.

"This is a very good result for JLR in particular and the car industry in general. We can now move forward to reinforce the renaissance in British car production.

"The deal is nothing less than the workforce deserve as they have contributed greatly to the nearly £3 billion profit made by JLR over the last three years."

– Unite National Officer Roger Maddison


Unite calls for people in Birmingham to protest against privatisation of West Midlands Police Force

The union Unite has called for people in Birmingham to sign a petition to protest against the privatisation of West Midlands Police Force.

Unite fears that contracting police work out to the private sector will compromise response times.

The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police says if the move does go ahead it could be cost-effective and free up more officers for front-line duties.