Belfast Telegraph

Around 300 jobs face axe with Coca-Cola planning to shut down two English sites

By Alan Jones

Drinks giant Coca-Cola is planning to close two of its UK sites with the loss of almost 300 jobs.

The proposal would affect a manufacturing site in Milton Keynes and a distribution centre in Northampton.

The company also has a manufacturing operation at Knockmore Hill in Lisburn employing around 500 people. However, that plant is unaffected by the announcement.

A company statement said: "We know this news will be upsetting for our people at these sites, and our immediate priority is to support them throughout the consultation process.

"We are proud of our long-standing links with both towns and have not made these proposals lightly.

"However, we believe the proposed changes are necessary as they would provide significant productivity improvements and create greater efficiency across our manufacturing and distribution operations in Great Britain.

"If these proposed changes are implemented they could result in the total loss of 288 roles, and the sites would close in 2019.

"At the same time we are proposing to transfer production and warehousing to other GB sites. We expect to create 121 additional roles across our manufacturing and distribution networks, providing potential redeployment opportunities for impacted colleagues."

Unite regional officer Sally Mortimer said: "The closure of the Northampton distribution site is a body blow for the local economy as about 200 jobs are at risk at a challenging time for the UK economy generally."

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