100 Jobs Under Threat At “Commercially Unattractive” Recycling Plant

30-07-14-SIMS-NewportConsultations to try and save almost 100 under threat jobs at Sims’ Newport recycling facility are taking place, according to the GMB union.

The recycling facility in South Dock, Newport, could be closed after its was reported that its owners said it was now “commercially unattractive”. The WEEE reprocessing facility was only opened five years ago, but reports in Wales state that a 45-day consultation is now taking place with the GMB to try and avoid its closure.

The consultation period started on July 10 and will continue until end August 2014.  Jeff Beck, GMB Regional Officer said: “A consultation process is normal procedure during a redundancy threat. However no final decision had been made on the future of the plant.

“The company have told the union that legislation and changes in the market in the UK have resulted in the business becoming commercially unattractive. There are a number of measures in effect to try to avoid the closure of the facility. These are currently being discussed as part of the consultation.

“The plant under threat is the 100,000 tonne-a-year capacity electrical and electronic recycling plant. The company said that that the nearby fridge recycling plant is not affected by the restructuring activities taking place in the UK.”

At its opening in 2009, with funding from the Welsh Assembly Government, the then First Minister, Rhodri Morgan, described it as the “world’s leading facility”.

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