United Biscuits (UB) has finally confirmed plans to offshore more than 100 jobs to India, a move provoking fierce opposition from Unite the union and MPs local to Merseyside.
The union said that the decision, affecting the Binns Road site in Liverpool, had left workers “angry and stunned”. “We believe UB is not abiding by its legal obligations with a shortened consultation period of 30 days when these workers have every right to expect the full three months consultation period,” said Unite regional officer, Debbie Brannan. “This is utterly unacceptable.”
Brannan said that the union was holding emergency meetings with UB. The company’s decision comes, despite local MPs’ attempts to press it to reconsider proposals to offshore its administrative and financial department. Farming and food minister Jane Kennedy, MP for Liverpool, is thought to have written to UB.
The union also presented a petition to UB, with more than 4,000 signatures from across Merseyside.