We will work positively with the company to ensure this safeguards existing and also creates new quality jobs so desperately needed says GMB.
GMB, the union for clothing and textile workers, commented on the announcement that Burberry is to invest over £50m in new trench coat manufacturing and weaving facility in Yorkshire. See notes to editors for copy of company press release.
Tim Roache, GMB Yorkshire Regional Secretary representing Burberry workers, said 'This is bitter sweet news.
GMB welcomes Burberry committing it's future to Yorkshire by announcing this relocation to Leeds.
We will work positively with the company to ensure this safeguards existing and also creates new quality jobs so desperately needed.
However this will be a major blow to the town of Castleford and surrounding areas as Burberry has been the largest employer linked with the town for over 100 years. Between 700 and 750 workers are employed at Castleford site. They are all offered to be relocated to Leeds.
This is also early evidence that devolution through the so called Northern Powerhouse will lead to major cities benefiting at the devastating expense of smaller towns and communities".
Darran Travis, GMB Regional Organiser for Burberry said: "Obviously GMB members have concerns over the transition of jobs and the relocation to the new Leeds site. We will be meeting with Burberry over the next few days to ensure these fears are resolved.
GMB has met with local GMB workplace representatives. The purpose of this meeting was to evaluate the impact this news will have on the GMB membership. Further meetings are planned to ensure there is a smooth transition of our members' jobs to the new site."
Contact Tim Roache 07961 719545 or Darran Travis 07984 570654 or 01484 720088 or 01924 882255 or GMB press office 07921 289880.