The closure of a UK factory that made clothes for designer label Burberry has been marked with an emotional march and rally by 300 workers who have lost their jobs. They were joined by their families and supporters.
Production at the plant, in Treorchy, south Wales, is being moved elsewhere – including China – which angered employees like Joan Robson. She said: “We still say there’s no need for them to go to China, they could keep this plant open, their profits are up, there is absolutely no need to close it down. Our work is spot on, one hundred percent, a good work force.”
Workers and the unions have accused Burberry of being motivated by greed. They point out the company made 250 million euros profit last year. The clothes maker argued the south Wales plant was not commercially viable. The campaign to save the factory attracted support from many celebrities, including actress Emma Thompson and Welsh born singer Tom Jones. The publicity forced Burberry to increase redundancy payments. To embarrass the company further the unions plan for a group of former workers to picket Burberry5;s annual shareholders meeting in June.