Plaid Cymru politicians comment on news of possible redundancies at Dewhurst, Capel Hendre

Following the news that over 120 employees at the Dewhurst warehouse in Capel Hendre face redundancy, local politicians have pledged to do all they can to support the workers.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“I am very concerned by the news that over 120 employees face the prospect of redundancy in Capel Hendre.

“The Labour years in government at UK level were characterised by the irresponsible growth of massive personal debt and housing asset bubbles. In the deepening economic crisis, exacerbated by the policies of the Tories and Lib Dems which are sucking demand out of the economy, these financial burdens are ultimately having dire consequences for businesses such as Dewhurst and the wider consumer sector.

“My office has spoken with a Managing Director at Dewhurst Headquarters and I have been assured that redundancies are only a possibility at this stage and nothing has been confirmed. This will be little comfort to the employees in Capel Hendre, but I would like to assure the staff that my office is open to assist them in any way possible.

“In the meantime I will work tirelessly to ensure the Welsh and UK Governments are aware of the situation and that no effort will be spared to help the staff at Capel Hendre.”

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM added:

“I too am deeply worried that many of my constituents are facing the prospect of losing their jobs.

“When a company like Marks and Spencers – which had sales totalling almost £10billion and a profit of £714million last year – still looks for savings, the stark reality of the burst credit bubble hits home. It is extremely unfortunate that hard workers in Capel Hendre are the target of cost cutting measures for this highly profitable company.

“The staff at the Dewhurst have my full support and I will be contacting the trade union representatives this week with a view to meeting as soon as possible.”

Local Plaid Cymru County Councillor, Alun Davies, concluded:

“This news is a blow to the scores of hard workers at Dewhurst and I offer my support for anything I can do as the local councillor.

“We need hard work from the local authority to attract businesses into the county and bring more employment in the area.”


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