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ITV Wales Business Correspondent Carole Green has spent the day at the Unilever factory in Swansea.
It follows the announcement by the consumer goods giant that they are to close its factory in Swansea, the distribution site in Bridgend and transfer work across the boarder from its office in Ewloe, North Wales.
Staff at the Unilever factory in Swansea have spoken of their 'shock' at being told they are to lose their job as the consumer goods giant announces proposals to shut a number of its sites.
Under the proposals, 225 jobs would go at Swansea with a further 25 at Bridgend.
In the north, 200 jobs at the company's IT centre in Ewloe, will be scrapped or moved to India. Around 400 jobs, will be transterred to the company's biggest UK site, Port Sunlight, 15 miles away on the Wirral.
The Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Owen Smith MP has spoken out over Unilever’s proposed job reductions in Wales.
Unilever has cited 'tough economic conditions' as a factor in today's proposals.
In a statement, the company said it would 'always be necessary' to make changes in order to grow and compete in the current climate.
The Welsh Government has responded to Unilever's proposals to cut up to 450 jobs in Wales, saying it's 'very disappointing'.
Government officials say they've met Unilever executives to discuss the impact of the proposals and what help could be given, but the decision to close stands.
Consumer goods giant Unilever has announced plans to close a number of UK sites including up to 450 in Wales.
The proposals involve the closure of factories in Swansea with the loss of 225 jobs and a distribution site in Bridgend with the loss of 25 jobs.
At Ewloe in North Wales, 400 jobs would be transferred across the border to Merseyside, 100 transferred to Bangalore in India and 100 more lost.
The proposals include plans to invest £40 million in Port Sunlight, its biggest UK factory, on the Wirral, Merseyside, with the creation of 150 new jobs.
The proposed changes, to take effect by the end of 2013, could lead to 500 direct job losses and around 300 contractor and third-party jobs.