The proposed closure of the Jus-Rol pastry factory in Berwick is extremely bad news for the area.
Losing 265 jobs impacts not just on the workers and their families but the wider community with a knock-on effect on other businesses, such as small shops, takeaways, dry cleaners.
It is very sad that USDAW’s fight for their members failed in the face of the company’s “streamlining” decision. The only crumb of comfort is that the doors are not due to close until the autumn and I hope the firm’s promise to provide “support” to the employees takes a constructive form.
The area needs more jobs and the local authority must do all in its power to attract new businesses.