Campaigners will be in Market Place, North Walsham this morning calling on the community to rally behind the workers at the threatened Heinz factory at Westwick.
The ‘Jobs Means Heinz’ petition was launched online last night and campaigners will be taking it out into Market Place, North Walsham from 10.30am today (9 October 2014).
The aim of the campaign is to get the local community supporting the 200 staff at the Westwick factory whose jobs are at risk, and to call on Heinz to rethink their proposals regarding the closure.
The petition and campaign can be found online at www.jobsmeansheinz.co.uk and it is being led by Denise Burke from the North Norfolk Labour Party.
Denise Burke, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for North Norfolk, said:
“Heinz is a big employer here in North Walsham and to lose the factory would be so devastating for the families of the 200 people they currently employ, especially so close to Christmas.
It would also have a knock-on effect on the local community and that is why we have set up this petition for residents to support the workers in their fight to get Heinz to reconsider.
Heinz have not yet ruled anything out but we want to keep the pressure on them to ensure that they keep to their word and explore all of the options on the table.
We will be running the petition online and we will also take it on to the streets too.”
David Spencer, one of the campaigners petitioning this morning, said:
“To lose the North Walsham factory would be another employment blow for North Walsham so we must fight hard to keep it open. We do not want to see more loyal workers lose their jobs in the town, or to lose a big name employer in the local area.”