Denise Burke, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for North Norfolk writes:
While petitioning against the proposed closure of the Heinz factory in Westwick, I’ve been particularly moved by the number of local people with connections to the factory.
I met a woman in North Walsham whose husband works at the factory but was on holiday when the announcement was made and he only heard the news via the media. A grandmother who has two generations of her family working for Heinz and 90 year old Richard, a retired Heinz worker.
These and many other examples show why saving the Heinz factory from closure is so important to our communities in North Norfolk.
That’s why when I spoke to a Heinz director last weke I called upon the company to undertake an Equality Impact Assessment to show what closure would mean for local people and their communities. I have also asked that they take their corporate responsibility seriously and extend the 45 day consultation with employees and unions. As a major multi-billion pound global company, Heinz can’t simply walk away from North Norfolk – the company must make every effort to find new contracts or a buyer to keep the factory open.
It isn’t just the loss of 200 jobs. Closure would impact far more broadly and affect local farmers and haulage firms with a significant impact on the wider North Norfolk economy.
Can I ask everyone to support all those affected by the proposed closure and sign the petition at www.jobsmeansheinz.co.uk