Today Haribo, which opened a new £ 92million factory and distribution center in Castleford in 2015, confirmed that it has started a process of consulting staff regarding the layoffs.
Ms Cooper said the “grim” news had been “even more of a blow” to employees who had continued to work throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
She said Wakefield Council already had a team in place to support the workforce, but “urgent help” was needed from the government.
“The country is already in a recession – we absolutely need government action to prevent things from getting worse,” Ms. Cooper said. “This means that at Haribo we need support to help the workforce, to try to save jobs and to try to avoid any job losses due to the new machinery until the end of the recession. .
“I am really concerned not only about the job losses at Haribo, but also about the time when so many other local jobs are affected due to the recession. And I have been in contact with the GMB union that represents Haribo workers and is currently evaluating the proposals to see if there are other ways to save jobs.
Haribo was founded in 1920 and arrived in West Yorkshire in 1972, when it acquired Dunhills, the owner of Pontefract Cakes, gaining full control of the business in 1992. She still owns an outlet shop in the area. city as well as new manufacturing. center of excellence ‘in Castleford.
Haribo confirmed to the Yorkshire Post that the proposed changes included stopping production of MAOAM products, which will be centralized globally.
Harbo UK Managing Director Jon Hughes said there was a need to respond to “the significant increase in costs and the demands of a highly competitive market” in order to protect the long-term future of Haribo manufacturing in Yorkshire.
“None of these proposals are taken lightly,” he said. “They are driven by the need to secure a sustainable future that will safeguard our proud heritage in Yorkshire and enable continued investment in our people and our brands.
“Our priority now is our colleagues. We will provide them with all the support they need as we consult with them on how best to protect the future of Haribo manufacturing in the UK. “
The Business Department was asked for comments.