Euro support for fight to save Seaham factory from closure

Cumbrian Seafoods, Admiralty Way, Foxcover Enterprise park, Seaham.'The company was taken over by rivals Young's in December 2011, now workers are being told that 363 jobs at the site are at risk.

Cumbrian Seafoods, Admiralty Way, Foxcover Enterprise park, Seaham.'The company was taken over by rivals Young's in December 2011, now workers are being told that 363 jobs at the site are at risk.

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A NORTH East Euro MP is urging the new owners of Seaham’s Cumbrian Seafoods plant to give 360 staff a chance to save their jobs.

The company’s plant and contracts were snapped up by rival Young’s when it went into administration last month, sparking hope the jobs could be saved.

But the initial optimism over the takeover proved unfounded, when the company announced it was starting a 90-day consultation on the factory’s closure with a view to closing the site.

Now MEP Fiona Hall has spoken with Young’s boss Pete Ward and impressed on him the importance of keeping the Seaham plant open.

“With 360 jobs at stake, it is vital that we do everything possible to keep the factory open,” she said.

“Responsibility for the collapse of Cumbrian Seafoods seems to lie with the previous owners. It would be grossly unfair if the shop floor workers paid the price for that.

“I made the case to Young’s that they should give Seaham the opportunity to prove its worth.

“The plant has received considerable investment in recent times, including public money, and I would like to see moves to get it running at full capacity rather than shut it down.

“I have been assured that no decisions have yet been made and that workers will be given a fair chance to save their jobs. I will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that happens and have been promised a further update before any action is taken.”

Easington MP Grahame Morris has also vowed to do everything possible to resist the closure plans.

“I will do everything I can to preserve jobs in the constituency and try to protect that plant,” he said.

“Initially, I was very hopeful when I heard that Young’s had bought the company from administration because they are a market leader but that optimism has turned to disappointment.

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