Employees at Twinings are being balloted on whether to take industrial action, after it was announced late last year that the firm was considering cutting around 400 jobs.
The ballot result, which affects members of the The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, is expected within the next couple of weeks.
Twinings’ parent company, Associated British Foods, announced plans to consolidate its UK tea production over the next two years. This includes the possible closure of its factory at North Shields on Tyneside, plus job cuts at Andover in Hampshire. Some of the production from North Shields may also shift to a new plant in Poland.
The union has been in talks with the company to suggest alternative options to help protect its members’ jobs.