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Union will 'demand rethink' on relocation plans

Unite will be demanding that AstraZeneca rethinks its decision and looks at alternatives to relocation. The union will be making it a priority to closely scrutinise the business case and suggest counter-proposals to the one currently on the table.

There has been almost 50 years of success at Alderley Park, so we are at a loss as to why AstraZeneca is now pulling out of the site. The region desperately needs this highly skilled workforce - they make a huge contribution to the economy and to the life of the community.

Staff have told us they are shell-shocked by this announcement, whilst others are angry. It is going to be a real struggle to relocate families hundreds of miles away to East Anglia.**

– Gary Owen, Unite regional officer

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