The number of people who have signed a petition against the closure of the Heinz factory at Westwick near North Walsham has topped 1,000.
The ‘Jobs Means Heinz’ campaign has been organised by the North Norfolk Labour Party and their activists have been campaigning over the last two weeks against the closure of the factory which is putting at risk over 200 jobs.
It is feared that there will be a huge social and economic impact on North Walsham if Heinz was to close the factory as a result of a contract with Aunt Bessie’s ending. They believe this would harm the local farming industry, haulage companies, and nearby businesses too.
They are currently pressing Heinz to seek out potential buyers for the factory which has been in production for over 70 years, and to ensure the company makes no job losses so near to Christmas.
Campaigners have set out their position with Heinz directors, and aim to hand over the petition to the company before Christmas.
Denise Burke, North Norfolk’s Parliamentary Candidate for North Norfolk, said:
“It is worrying what social and economic impact the closure of this factory will have on North Walsham and Norfolk. The loss of this one factory and those 200 jobs would increase the local unemployment figures by 30%.
The workforce has been very loyal to Heinz and we want to ensure that the company does its utmost to keep these people in work.
We will be back out campaigning in North Walsham on Saturday morning where we will build on the 1,000 signatures we already have, and we hope to hand in the petition to Heinz soon.”
To sign the petition visit www.jobsmeansheinz.co.uk