Nestlé have confirmed that they are moving 300 jobs to Poland following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. The jobs will be lost across four sites in York, Fawdon, Girvan and Halifax and will mean the Blue Riband chocolate bar will be manufactured in Poland.
A spokesman for Nestle said:
“These proposals are being made by Nestlé UK to ensure that these sites operate more efficiently and remain competitive in a rapidly changing external environment. Our factory in Kargowa, Poland, is a centre of excellence for this type of wafer-based product and is the logical place for us to propose Blue Riband production in the future”.
The spokesman added:
“Nestlé UK appreciates that this is an uncertain time for employees and will work hard to ensure all are supported through this difficult period”.
Tim Roache, the General Secretary of the GMB trade union, said:
“The Government needs to step in before it’s too late – and reassure millions of workers across the country this is not just the tip of the Brexit iceberg”.
The company later added:
“This is a proposal designed to improve efficiency in our factories and would be necessary irrespective of the UK’s decision to leave the EU”.