Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford, Councillor Tom Gordon, has called for action from the Local Authority, Unions, and MP at once as over 200 staff are facing losing their jobs at the Haribo site in Pontefract.
Councillor Gordon said: "Clearly this is a very anxious time for employees and for the economy of Pontefract and across the Five Towns. I’m calling on Wakefield Council, Unions and the MP to do all they can to support Haribo employees and establish a task force to save jobs and safeguard the future of this site."
Haribo informed employees about the expected job losses at a meeting on Friday 4th September. Any changes are expected to take place over the next 18 months and Haribo will be engaging in consultation with those affected and their representatives.
Councillor Gordon added: "I've been in touch with Haribo and the Managing Director has agreed to speak with me next week. Pontefract and the wider area simply cannot afford to lose jobs on this scale. A number of residents have already been in touch and are deeply worried about what this means for them and their families. We need to make sure we do all that we can in these circumstances and try to ensure we reach the best possible outcome for those employees who are facing redundancy in the middle of a global health crisis."
Councillor Gordon told residents affected by this news that they can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org