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210 jobs lost as Haslingden factory closes

Lancashire Telegraph: Smiths Medical is to close in July with the loss of 210 jobs Smiths Medical is to close in July with the loss of 210 jobs

MORE than 200 hi-tech jobs are to be lost after international health equipment manufacturer Smiths Medical announced it is shutting its Haslingden factory.

The 30-year-old St Crispin Way complex will close by the end of July.

The decision was announced to shocked workers at a meeting yesterday morning.

Rossendale Borough Council leader Alyson Barnes described the decision as ‘a tragedy, absolutely dreadful news’.

The US-based firm is moving production of equipment, including syringes, needles, pressure monitoring devices and chemotherapy accessories, to its plant at Hranice in the Czech Republic.

The move will cost the jobs of 150 permanent staff and 60 contract workers.

A Smiths Medical International spokesman said: “We have announced to the workforce that we are closing our Haslingden factory.

“This is a sad day. It was not a decision taken lightly.

“The move to the Czech Republic is because the factory is closer to the markets we mainly supply in Europe at a time when all healthcare providers are cutting costs.

“We are doing all we can to find our staff alternative jobs. This will be our main focus before the planned closure of the plant at the end of July.”

The firm retains two other UK plants at Watford and Luton.

Mike Damms, chief executive of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said: “At a time when we have seen some jobs growth locally, this is bad news.

“These are the sort of hi-tech manufacturing jobs we want to be gaining not losing.”

Coun Barnes said: “This is a tragedy for the workforce and the local community.

“It is absolutely dreadful news.

“They are hi-tech manufacturing jobs of the kind we need to keep and get more of.

“It is a real loss to the borough and the workforce.

“The council will do all it can to help find the staff alternative jobs.”

Haslingden MP Graham Jones said: “I am really disappointed that Smith Medical is closing its Haslingden factory with the loss of 210 jobs.

“I am also disappointed that there was no union presence there to represent staff at a strategic level.

“Union representation is a way to prevent companies cutting costs by transferring operations to Eastern Europe.”

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2:11pm Thu 27 Feb 14

shytalk says...

This is due to Camerons recovery
This is due to Camerons recovery shytalk
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3:48pm Thu 27 Feb 14

mmickk says...

shytalk wrote:
This is due to Camerons recovery
So what do you expect David Cameron to do cut the minimum wage by half to compete with the eastern Europeans? 60 agency workers are probably from where the factory is going anyway so they can go home to work
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: This is due to Camerons recovery[/p][/quote]So what do you expect David Cameron to do cut the minimum wage by half to compete with the eastern Europeans? 60 agency workers are probably from where the factory is going anyway so they can go home to work mmickk
  • Score: 4

3:57pm Thu 27 Feb 14

mmickk says...

mmickk wrote:
shytalk wrote:
This is due to Camerons recovery
So what do you expect David Cameron to do cut the minimum wage by half to compete with the eastern Europeans? 60 agency workers are probably from where the factory is going anyway so they can go home to work
I got that wrong £270 a month minimum wage in Czech Republic how can you blame that on any government unless you would work for that shytalk?
[quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: This is due to Camerons recovery[/p][/quote]So what do you expect David Cameron to do cut the minimum wage by half to compete with the eastern Europeans? 60 agency workers are probably from where the factory is going anyway so they can go home to work[/p][/quote]I got that wrong £270 a month minimum wage in Czech Republic how can you blame that on any government unless you would work for that shytalk? mmickk
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4:12pm Thu 27 Feb 14

shytalk says...

mmickk wrote:
shytalk wrote:
This is due to Camerons recovery
So what do you expect David Cameron to do cut the minimum wage by half to compete with the eastern Europeans? 60 agency workers are probably from where the factory is going anyway so they can go home to work
I do not remember saying anything about the minimum wage being cut or east european workers. I think my comment was about the recovery that the Tories are so proud about but is not happening. This is proof.
[quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: This is due to Camerons recovery[/p][/quote]So what do you expect David Cameron to do cut the minimum wage by half to compete with the eastern Europeans? 60 agency workers are probably from where the factory is going anyway so they can go home to work[/p][/quote]I do not remember saying anything about the minimum wage being cut or east european workers. I think my comment was about the recovery that the Tories are so proud about but is not happening. This is proof. shytalk
  • Score: 9

4:29pm Thu 27 Feb 14

mavrick says...

It is a decision based on money. The company has been there for 30 years. It simply stinks of accountants running the company. Funny how American companies seem to move to east european countries. I just hope the British companies who buy from this company simply change supplier.
It is a decision based on money. The company has been there for 30 years. It simply stinks of accountants running the company. Funny how American companies seem to move to east european countries. I just hope the British companies who buy from this company simply change supplier. mavrick
  • Score: 10

5:11pm Thu 27 Feb 14

POW WOW says...

Very sad news that we no longer live in a era of job security, but from insider information those 60 contract workers were actually on zero hours. Nevertheless a good indication and lesson learnt here is to know that when such a company starts employing people on zero hours contracts they are actually on their way to colliding with the buffers.
Very sad news that we no longer live in a era of job security, but from insider information those 60 contract workers were actually on zero hours. Nevertheless a good indication and lesson learnt here is to know that when such a company starts employing people on zero hours contracts they are actually on their way to colliding with the buffers. POW WOW
  • Score: 16

7:13am Fri 28 Feb 14

Copperhead says...

Typical of the American way of doing business - no union representation for employees and closing an entire factory to reduce costs. The minimum wage in America is only £4 an hour and there are no holiday entitlements like in the UK. You can expect to work for 10yrs without any holidays before being allowed 1 week off without pay.There's no NHS and no state pension and no right to housing if you are homeless. My sister lives in Los Angeles and tells me the conditions for working-class Americans are dire, with those of the middle-classes worsening every year. Only the upper classes thrive thanks to corporate power, tax incentives and lack of legislation to protect employees from the Wolves of Wall Street.
" In America you're on your own. That's because it's not a country - it's just a business "
No doubt many UK bosses would relish the same conditions here.
I reckon that any company which closes a UK operation should be automatically banned from selling it's products and services here.
Typical of the American way of doing business - no union representation for employees and closing an entire factory to reduce costs. The minimum wage in America is only £4 an hour and there are no holiday entitlements like in the UK. You can expect to work for 10yrs without any holidays before being allowed 1 week off without pay.There's no NHS and no state pension and no right to housing if you are homeless. My sister lives in Los Angeles and tells me the conditions for working-class Americans are dire, with those of the middle-classes worsening every year. Only the upper classes thrive thanks to corporate power, tax incentives and lack of legislation to protect employees from the Wolves of Wall Street. " In America you're on your own. That's because it's not a country - it's just a business " No doubt many UK bosses would relish the same conditions here. I reckon that any company which closes a UK operation should be automatically banned from selling it's products and services here. Copperhead
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8:48am Fri 28 Feb 14

Brockhall Bob says...

Well I am sorry to tell you that this is NOT an American owned company. It was many years ago but it was bought by an ENGLISH company who, the Americans thought, would be able to run it as a 'great British institution'.
Well that certainly backfired!
This is not the first factory Smiths have closed as they already shut down a factory of 500+ people in Kent and moved the majority of that to MEXICO!
For 23 of the 30 years that this factory was in the hands of the Americans it grew and paid good wages and treated it's employees with respect. That is why it had no need for Unions. It's base wage was well above that of most companies around Rossendale and well above minimum.
So, Copperhead and Shytalk may now need to reconsider their comments as this is a UK owned company (Smiths Medical owned by Smiths Group) closing a UK factory and moving it to Czechoslovakia and has nothing to do with Cameron or any other politician.
Well I am sorry to tell you that this is NOT an American owned company. It was many years ago but it was bought by an ENGLISH company who, the Americans thought, would be able to run it as a 'great British institution'. Well that certainly backfired! This is not the first factory Smiths have closed as they already shut down a factory of 500+ people in Kent and moved the majority of that to MEXICO! For 23 of the 30 years that this factory was in the hands of the Americans it grew and paid good wages and treated it's employees with respect. That is why it had no need for Unions. It's base wage was well above that of most companies around Rossendale and well above minimum. So, Copperhead and Shytalk may now need to reconsider their comments as this is a UK owned company (Smiths Medical owned by Smiths Group) closing a UK factory and moving it to Czechoslovakia and has nothing to do with Cameron or any other politician. Brockhall Bob
  • Score: 4

9:15am Fri 28 Feb 14

LanghoRover says...

Brockhall Bob wrote:
Well I am sorry to tell you that this is NOT an American owned company. It was many years ago but it was bought by an ENGLISH company who, the Americans thought, would be able to run it as a 'great British institution'.
Well that certainly backfired!
This is not the first factory Smiths have closed as they already shut down a factory of 500+ people in Kent and moved the majority of that to MEXICO!
For 23 of the 30 years that this factory was in the hands of the Americans it grew and paid good wages and treated it's employees with respect. That is why it had no need for Unions. It's base wage was well above that of most companies around Rossendale and well above minimum.
So, Copperhead and Shytalk may now need to reconsider their comments as this is a UK owned company (Smiths Medical owned by Smiths Group) closing a UK factory and moving it to Czechoslovakia and has nothing to do with Cameron or any other politician.
Spot on Bob, Smiths medical is part of Smiths group PLC British owned and led, this dessision has been based purely on profitability and to protect the share holders, and as one of the top 100 companies in the UK maintaining this strong share price will impact millions of people's pension plans. However that does not detract from the fact that these great people within this factory are loosening there jobs, my heart goes out to them and I wish them all the best of luck for the future.
[quote][p][bold]Brockhall Bob[/bold] wrote: Well I am sorry to tell you that this is NOT an American owned company. It was many years ago but it was bought by an ENGLISH company who, the Americans thought, would be able to run it as a 'great British institution'. Well that certainly backfired! This is not the first factory Smiths have closed as they already shut down a factory of 500+ people in Kent and moved the majority of that to MEXICO! For 23 of the 30 years that this factory was in the hands of the Americans it grew and paid good wages and treated it's employees with respect. That is why it had no need for Unions. It's base wage was well above that of most companies around Rossendale and well above minimum. So, Copperhead and Shytalk may now need to reconsider their comments as this is a UK owned company (Smiths Medical owned by Smiths Group) closing a UK factory and moving it to Czechoslovakia and has nothing to do with Cameron or any other politician.[/p][/quote]Spot on Bob, Smiths medical is part of Smiths group PLC British owned and led, this dessision has been based purely on profitability and to protect the share holders, and as one of the top 100 companies in the UK maintaining this strong share price will impact millions of people's pension plans. However that does not detract from the fact that these great people within this factory are loosening there jobs, my heart goes out to them and I wish them all the best of luck for the future. LanghoRover
  • Score: 4

9:16am Fri 28 Feb 14

LanghoRover says...

Get your facts sorted LET this is a British top 100 company
Get your facts sorted LET this is a British top 100 company LanghoRover
  • Score: 2

9:32am Fri 28 Feb 14

korado says...

if UK will get out of EU-we will see more of this-companies simply will move abroad-nowadays they got contacts,so its pretty easy
if UK will get out of EU-we will see more of this-companies simply will move abroad-nowadays they got contacts,so its pretty easy korado
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11:00am Fri 28 Feb 14

Brockhall Bob says...

Makes me laugh that the Smiths spokesperson says moving to Czechoslovakia will be nearer to their markets in Europe.
The main markets are France, Germany and the UK........how close do you have to be in the UK?????
This arm of the Smiths business would be off-loaded tomorrow if they could find a buyer willing to meet their valuation. They have been trying to get out of the Medical Devices sector for a long while. I would agree that manufacturers are reducing costs in Medical Device manufacture but most are going to China.
Medex (as it was before Smiths bought it) was brought to the UK BY the Americans as they wanted a strong European manufacturing base with a good employee ethic. They got that for many years, starting with just 7 employees and at it's height had 250.
I wish those that are left the best of luck in finding new positions and while you are still there, milk Smiths for all you can get because that is what they will do to you.
Makes me laugh that the Smiths spokesperson says moving to Czechoslovakia will be nearer to their markets in Europe. The main markets are France, Germany and the UK........how close do you have to be in the UK????? This arm of the Smiths business would be off-loaded tomorrow if they could find a buyer willing to meet their valuation. They have been trying to get out of the Medical Devices sector for a long while. I would agree that manufacturers are reducing costs in Medical Device manufacture but most are going to China. Medex (as it was before Smiths bought it) was brought to the UK BY the Americans as they wanted a strong European manufacturing base with a good employee ethic. They got that for many years, starting with just 7 employees and at it's height had 250. I wish those that are left the best of luck in finding new positions and while you are still there, milk Smiths for all you can get because that is what they will do to you. Brockhall Bob
  • Score: 5

12:13pm Fri 28 Feb 14

GAC says...

shytalk wrote:
This is due to Camerons recovery
and idiotic comments like this is why we'l end up with labour back in power.

the gov had no power to stop a company running away off shoring jobs to save money on wages, hell labour used to encourage it at one point.

as for the council helping with finding new jobs iv never heard so much rubbish in my life. yet more labour promises that will never happen.

if the people who have been laid off had some get up and go they could probably start up their own company doing the same thing.
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: This is due to Camerons recovery[/p][/quote]and idiotic comments like this is why we'l end up with labour back in power. the gov had no power to stop a company running away off shoring jobs to save money on wages, hell labour used to encourage it at one point. as for the council helping with finding new jobs iv never heard so much rubbish in my life. yet more labour promises that will never happen. if the people who have been laid off had some get up and go they could probably start up their own company doing the same thing. GAC
  • Score: 0

5:45pm Fri 28 Feb 14

LanghoRover says...

Bob, if you are who I think you are we walked through that building when Medex bought it to expand the operation after unit Two became to small, and the clean room not suitable for the kit packing. It was nothing then but an empty shell, I know many of these people as do you and they are all great people , I hope everyone of them gets another job very soon
Bob, if you are who I think you are we walked through that building when Medex bought it to expand the operation after unit Two became to small, and the clean room not suitable for the kit packing. It was nothing then but an empty shell, I know many of these people as do you and they are all great people , I hope everyone of them gets another job very soon LanghoRover
  • Score: 0

9:35am Sat 1 Mar 14

Brockhall Bob says...

Thanks for that Langho Rover. Yes, I think you have the right person but I am at a loss to place a name to you as I took so many through that unit.
I am on Facebook (if you are). Please message me.
I thought you had a good knowledge of the company after reading your comments!
Thanks for that Langho Rover. Yes, I think you have the right person but I am at a loss to place a name to you as I took so many through that unit. I am on Facebook (if you are). Please message me. I thought you had a good knowledge of the company after reading your comments! Brockhall Bob
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