– Swansea Council spokesperson
We’re disappointed to hear of Unilever’s decision and the impact it will have on workers and the Swansea Bay area as a whole. We will work with our partners to help the workforce in any way we can.
We have also been in discussions with Unilever for some time and share their commitment to exploring options on how the site could be returned to productive use in future.
– Andy Richards, Unite Wales Secretary
This news from Unilever unfortunately does not come as a surprise today but it is still disappointing and distressing for our members and other workers at the sites. Needless to say, any move that takes jobs and investment out of Wales is not good news, especially in the current economic climate. The priority now must be to ensure the best possible deal and future for those who are affected by today’s announcement.
– Spokesperson, Welsh Government
The Welsh Government has been engaged in talks with senior Unilever management over the summer in a bid to reverse the company's restructuring proposals and safeguard jobs in Wales. It is therefore disappointing to hear that the intended closures and job losses at Swansea, Bridgend and Ewloe are set to go ahead. The Welsh Government stands ready to offer every assistance within its powers, including training support, to help Unilever workers in Wales facing redundancy to find new employment.