500 jobs axed as Nestlé factory closure confirmed


FMCG giant Nestlé has confirmed the closure of its Fawdon, Newcastle site, slashing around 500 jobs.

Nestlé first announced the closure in April 2021, with further plans to invest into its York and Halifax factories. As a result, it said the largest slice of production will stay in the UK and move to Halifax, West Yorkshire.

A spokesperson for Nestlé said: “The consultation around the changes we proposed in April 2021 is still ongoing.

“We said from the outset that we wanted to provide adequate time and space for these discussions and it is only right that they are held directly with our employees and trade unions and not in public.

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“It remains a priority to support our people and their families through this process and we thank everybody for their patience. We will provide an update once the consultation is complete.

Commenting on the closure, trade unions the GMB and Unite said the company confirmed last week that the site in Fawdon, would close by the end of 2023, with the loss of more than 470 jobs, with some production moved overseas.

“Closing this profit-making site and shifting production to Europe is completely unacceptable,” GMB national officer Ross Murdoch said.

“This will have a devastating impact on workers and their families.

“Meanwhile transporting finished products from sites in Europe back to the UK – where they are consumed – will result in significant additional road and sea miles, increasing pollution and environmental damage.”

Unite national officer, Joe Clarke added: “Unite and its membership are bitterly disappointed that alternative proposals to keep the site within Nestle Fawdon open have been rejected.

“We are currently seeking further information in relation to the proposal, and we will enter into dialogue on next steps imminently.”

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