Biscuit ‘Battle Bus’ hits Wirral streets
WORKERS from a Wirral biscuit factory under threat of closure took to the streets in a “Battle Bus” in a bid to save hundreds of jobs.
The “Burton’s Biscuit Battle Bus” stopped at the Moreton factory before travelling on to nearby shopping centres to urge local people to join the fight back against the closure of Burtons, which makes Jammie Dodgers, Wagon Wheels and Maryland Cookies.
It was announced last month that the factory, which opened in 1953, faces closure with the loss of 342 jobs.
The company said it plans to invest £7m in its Edinburgh and Llantarnam sites while its distribution centre in Knowsley is expected to remain but be consolidated in a single location under the current plans.
The workers, backed by the union Unite, are urging local people to sign a petition calling on the company to think again about the closure.
They were supported by Wallasey MP Angela Eagle, who said: “This campaign is vital. The Burton’s Foods factory is a stalwart of our community which has employed generations of families from Moreton and Leasowe for over half a century.”
She said it would be a “devastating blow” to the area if the factory closure were to go ahead.
“David Cameron announced his support for private sector businesses across Merseyside in PMQ’s less than two weeks ago and it’s time he and his Government stepped in to support these jobs and protect growth.”
The campaign was launched at the Leasowe Castle Hotel, where workers from the site, their families, and their union, Unite, all joined the bus.
Unite’s former general secretary and executive officer, Tony Woodley said: “Unite will accept nothing less than Burton’s agreement – to honour their commitment to our members.
“This is as much about the future of communities as it is about securing individual jobs.
“The consequences of closure will be devastating for this area.”
To sign the on-line petition go to www.unitetheunion.org/saveburtonsbiscuits