Blog: Check mate
Leonie Barrie | 7 September 2006
Talks are underway between Burberry and workers at the south Wales factory that has been earmarked for closure. The GMB union is backing calls for the luxury apparel brand to withdraw 300 redundancy notices and look at ways of saving the plant, and the government, in the form of local MPs, is stepping in to the discussions too.
Underscoring the anger at Burberry’s decision is the fact that Wales had now lost 46,000 manufacturing jobs since 1994. But maybe this statistic says it all. Burberry hasn’t reached its decision lightly and no doubt these other manufacturers felt that keeping production in the UK wasn’t viable either. In fact Burberry says the closure plan follows a year-long review of its supply chain and manufacturing process, and at the end of this review its conclusions left it with no alternative than to cut its losses and shift production overseas. Perhaps the biggest surprise should be that it is still making cotton polo shirts in the UK at all.
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