York Central MP Rachael Maskell has pledged to work with Nestle and trade unions to reverse plans to axe 98 factory jobs.
A number of different types of role could be axed by Nestle’s efficiency drive, including technicians, operator roles and packers.
The proposals are now out for consultation. Ms Maskell met with Nestle directors this morning to discuss the restructuring.
She said: “Today’s announcement will come as an immense shock to York’s Nestle workers.
“They were there for the company throughout this last difficult year, however Nestle’s decision to shed jobs in order to make greater profits, at a time like this, will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of people across York.
“Investment in infrastructure is always welcome, but slashing jobs instead of redeploying people elsewhere in the business is a waste of talent.
“Long gone are the days when Rowntree’s sought to be the mainstay of manufacturing in the city, providing economic and social purpose.
“Nestle today are more interested in creaming off a profit for its hedge fund managers than supporting workers and their families.”
Both GMB and Unite have members at the Nestle York factory. The MP called on Nestle to work with them “to find a solution to this jobs cull.
“Now is an opportunity to invest in manufacturing, food science and future opportunities to bring benefit to the company, workers and the city.
“Having met with the company this morning, I have vowed that I will do everything within my power to see jobs sustained in York, and for the company to rethink its decision.”
Nestle says the business case for the changes is “compelling”.
“Nevertheless, we very much regret the uncertainty this announcement will cause our people and their families and we want to make sure they are supported throughout this process,” the company said.
“There is now the time and the space for all parties to engage in a constructive consultation around today’s proposals and we welcome those discussions.