Over 200 jobs at risk as Whistl reveals plan to close Rugby warehouse - The Rugby Observer

Over 200 jobs at risk as Whistl reveals plan to close Rugby warehouse

Andy Morris 23rd Jan, 2019 Updated: 23rd Jan, 2019   0

OVER 200 jobs are at risk after delivery company Whistl announced plans to close its Rugby warehouse.

The company plans to consolidate its existing operations in Rugby and Iver onto a new site near Bedford.

Current employees at the Brownsover Road warehouse will be offered jobs at the new site, which is over 50 miles away.

A Whistl spokesman said the new site “provides the best working environment for colleagues and enables us to deliver the best service for current and any new services”.

He added: “The company is hoping that it will be able to accommodate all of those who wish to work at the new site, mitigating any need for redundancies.

“However, with a proposed move on this scale, the company is required under employment law to announce a collective consultation process and as a formality have to inform employees at this site that their positions are ‘at risk’ of redundancy.”

Sean Scorer, national officer at Community – the trade union for Whistl employees – said the news was a real blow for its members.

He said: ” We want to see companies like Whistl develop and grow, but they must recognise their responsibility to the existing workforce.

“Community has been working closely with local reps to ensure the company meet all their obligations and provide decent support to those staff at risk of redundancy.

“We have also been in conversation with other local employers and agencies to understand what opportunities may exist for our members who do leave Whistl.

“Any Community member with questions about the process and the next steps should get in touch with the union immediately.”

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