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Fifty jobs axed as Flint factory closure confirmed

FIFTY jobs will be axed after it was announced a paper towel factory in Flint will shut down.

Kimberly-Clark, which makes products for global brands Kleenex and Huggies, confirmed the redundancies on Friday after a four-month consultation with workers.

The company is shutting its Delyn Mill plant – which opened in 1989 – this summer.

A total of 330 workers, including contractors, are currently employed across the three plants on the site. The neighbouring Coleshill and Flint mills will be unaffected.

The majority of job losses – 10 fewer than the original number proposed in October – have been achieved on a voluntary basis, a Kimberly-Clark spokesman said.

Delyn MP David Hanson said he was ‘extremely disappointed’, but remains confident the site has a strong future.

A decline in demand for disposable hand towels was blamed for the closure of the plant and the need to cut the workforce.

In a statement the company said: “Kimberly-Clark has been able to reduce the number of redundancies to 50, with more than 90% of these being on a voluntary basis.

“We expect employees to leave on a phased redundancy programme throughout the year, with the final leaving date being December 2013.

“We will continue to work with those seeking alternative jobs and are offering financial information and support, one-to-one careers advice and guidance to all those affected by the redundancies.”

Site manager Euan Anderson added: “Although nearly all the redundancies have been reached on a voluntary basis, we understand that this is still a stressful experience for our employees.

“We will continue to work with all those affected to ensure they are supported as they seek alternative employment. We would like to thank everyone for their professionalism and commitment during this difficult time.”

Mr Hanson said: “I’m extremely disappointed to learn of the final redundancies being announced.

“However, I’m pleased that at least the majority have been agreed on a voluntary basis and, having met the management, I know there is a strong future for the rest of the site.”

In October trade union Unite said it was ‘disappointed and dismayed’ at the proposal to close Delyn Mill and axe what it called ‘the best-paid manufacturing jobs in Flintshire’.