Messages of support and solidarity

“The proposed closure of this plant must be resisted. We simply cannot afford to lose this number of jobs."
Stephen Byers, MP for North Tyneside

"The announcement to cut jobs in Andover and close the plant in North Shields can only be motivated by corporate greed, when Twinings and its parent company are highly profitable. The ability of employers to offshore work during the recession should act as a wake-up call to government, which must now intervene to protect jobs." 
John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington

"It is important to recognise the loyal and hard work put in by Twinings staff at Andover over the years assisting in substantial profits for the company. To relocate because of cheaper labour does not recognise the skills and commitment of the present staff and is disgraceful. I fully support the campaign to save the jobs at risk and would be more than happy to assist at European level if required."
Peter Skinner, Labour Party MEP for the South East of England

“We must send a strong message to Associated British Foods that its plans to drop 400 Twinings workers in Andover and North Shields are unacceptable. Undercutting UK workers by shifting production abroad for cheap labour has become a common tactic for corporations all too ready to be guided by the destructive forces of globalisation – which have already destroyed so much of our industry. I fully support the campaign to preventthe loss of jobs, including those in my South East constituency – and stand in solidarity with the workers whose lives would be turned upside down by such a move. ABF shareholders must now see sense and recognise that the company’s proud and highly skilled UK workforce is intrinsic to therespected Twinings brand.”
Caroline Lucas, Green Party leader and Euro-MP for the South East of England

“Twinings trades as the quintessentially British tea company, but if it is prepared to sacrifice the bulk of its UK workforce simply to increase its profit margins that reputation will be exposed as a sham. These jobs are vitally important to the town and its economy, just as they are in North Shields, and we would urge everyone to let Twinings know that these cuts should be reversed.” 
Sarah Evans, Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, North West Hampshire

"The company should explore all other options. Twinings is an important part of Andover's economy. A successful and expanding Twinings factory is essential of the future of the Walworth industrial park and of Andover. Equally Twinings needs Andover and its work force. The company must sit down with the unions and other parties to find ways of protecting and expanding production on this site."
Tom McCann, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, North West Hampshire

Andover and Salisbury RMT Branch
North West Hampshire Constituency Labour Party
New Forest East Constituency Labour Party
Jennie Formby, UNITE National Secretary Food Drink & Tobacco Sector 
Ian Woodland, UNITE South East Regional Industrial Organiser 
Peter Wilcox, FBU Regional Secretary for the North East 
Ricky Matthews, FBU Regional Secretary for the South 
Simon Elliott, PCS Regional Secretary for the North East
Tom Taylor, PCS Regional Secretary for the South East