Community, the union for carpet workers has responded to news that Brintons, the world famous carpet makers are making 68 workers redundant at their Kidderminster plant.
In the 5 years since Brintons was taken over by the Carlyle Group there have more than 350 manufacturing jobs lost at their Kidderminster factory. The latest cuts mean there are 120 people working on the Stourport Road site, a factory which only a few years ago employed over 500 people.
Speaking about the job losses, Gavin Miller, Community’s Lead Organiser in the area said:
“It is deeply regrettable that the Carlyle Group has taken this decision, especially when other carpet manufacturers are committing to the town and doing their best to make Kidderminster a success.
“Community reps at Brintons challenged management to reduce the impact of the redundancies to 50 workers but sadly our proposal fell on deaf ears and was rejected. Community will be monitoring the selection process for compulsory redundancies very closely and will make sure our members have every assistance at this difficult time.
“The carpet industry has been a source of great pride and employment for Kidderminster for centuries. Community, as the union for carpet workers, will be doing all we can to support workers at Brintons and across the whole industry to help build a sustainable future for carpet making.”
Click below to watch a BBC report on the job losses and the history of carpet making in Kidderminster.