Colman’s factory jobs on the line as Unilever starts review

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Twenty jobs are under threat at Unilever’s Colman’s factory in Norwich.

Unilever said it had embarked on a 60-day review of its dry mixing operations at the factory, but that no decisions had been made.

“We will now work closely with our employees to look at the options, including how we can work in partnership with our sister factory in Germany, to improve our competitiveness and ensure a sustainable future for the site.

“In the face of tough economic times, consumers continue to adapt their shopping habits and lifestyles. In light of this, Unilever needs to ensure our supply chain is as efficient and cost-effective as possible so that we can continue to offer products that consumers love at affordable prices,” a spokeswoman said.

The GMB trade union said it would be involved in the review and that, if there were to be job losses, it hoped they would be on a voluntary basis.

“The announcement of this review by Unilever of a key aspect of its operations at the historic Colman’s plant in Norwich will be greeted with dismay by their loyal and for the most part, long-serving workforce. It is especially disappointing in a part of the UK where manufacturing jobs are in short supply,” said GMB national officer Alan Black.

Unilever, which bought Colman’s in 1995, said the review only affects its dry foods manufacturing unit and not its units dedicated to condiments and mustard manufacturing. The Norwich factory employs 140 people.

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