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U-turn on factory closure saves 140 jobs

Jobs are safe at National Oilwell Varco in Team Valley. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

There's relief today for workers at a Gateshead oil and gas supplier who have been told that their jobs, which were in jeopardy, are now safe.

The American owners of National Oilwell Varco (NOV) Mission Products had told the staff in January of plans to stop manufacturing at the Team Valley site, affecting around 140 workers.

But the GMB Union says that because of changes in the market in America and new efficiency measures at the plant, the owners have decided to keep the plant open.


MP calls for government intervention in Coty closure

The Coty factory in Seaton Delaval. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Blyth Valley MP, Ronnie Campbell, is calling on the Government to step in to help the four hundred people affected by the planned closure of a cosmetics factory in Northumberland.

Coty, which makes products for Rimmel at its site in Seaton Delaval in Northumberland, is the area's major employer.

I've asked the Minister for an adjournment debate drag him to the dispatch box.

I don't think it will do much good but at least I'll get him there, I don't think he will give them a whack of money to stay here

– Ronnie Campbell, Labour MP Blyth Valley

Reaction to Coty closure

Cllr Bernard Pidcock. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

90 percent of the people who are employed here live in the immediate area so it is really the economic heart of our community take this away and you are taking away 400 families' earnings- devastating.

– Cllr Bernard Pidcock Northumberland County Council
Blyth Valley MP, Ronnie Campbell. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Any jobs losing in the constituency is bad four hundred jobs is a lot of jobs comparatively to what it used to be in the old days 400 is a lot to lose and you have the add on as well it might be more people not supplying the factory it could add up to 600.

– Ronnie Campbell MP Labour, Blyth Valley
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