175 workers at Grimsby plant are told jobs will go under plans which will see production halted at former Courtaulds factory

Tim Lezard

Unite Holborn front w-buggyUnite has blamed the “flatlining” economy for a decision to cut around two-thirds of jobs at a specialised carbon fibre manufacturer on Humberside.

175 workers at Bluestar Fibres in Grimsby have been told their jobs could go, under plans which will see production halted at the former Courtaulds factory – at one time the town’s largest employer.

The Chinese-owned company says redundancies will take place in two tranches in July and December.

The plant makes materials used in to manufacture a range of aerospace, sporting goods and other industrial applications.

Unite regional officer Ian Wood said: “This is a hammer blow for the workers, their families and the local economy in Grimsby. This is a highly-skilled workforce and finding similar jobs in Humberside will be very difficult.

“The workforce is naturally upset by the news; however the company has nothing but praise for the workplace and quoted the economic downturn as the force driving these measures.

“More generally, the economy is flatlining and GDP figures demonstrate that the government needs to change course and produce a manufacturing strategy that creates jobs.

“Its current policy is destroying highly-skilled manufacturing jobs – not creating them.”

As part of a 45-day consultation period, Unite officials say they will maintain contact with Bluestar management to help support and find jobs for those threatened with redundancy.

Further face-to-face talks are scheduled for next week.

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