06 September 2010 #Employment
Twinings, the firm famous for making tea bags, announced last year that it was moving production from its North Sheilds plant to Poland as part of a cost saving and efficency drive.
The Mail Online has today reported that the sacked staff have been asked to train their Polish counterparts in the run up to the move. The Polish employees will be arriving in the North East next week to start their training, much to the annoyance of those who have lost their jobs and the union who represents them.
According to the story on the Mail`s website Mail Online a worker who wished to keep his identity a secret, said: `They are taking our jobs yet we have to train them. There`s a lot of animosity here towards them, people are very angry.`
Usdaw union representative Jayne Shotton said: `The workers at Twinings had resigned themselves to the fact their jobs were going to Poland.`
`But I think to bring Polish workers over here and expect them to be trained by Twinings workers who are losing their jobs is like rubbing their noses in it.`
`Twinings have never consulted with us on this and I will certainly be talking to them about it.`
A spokesman for Twinings said there would be two waves of employees from Poland visiting for three weeks at a time. `They will be visiting to familiarise themselves with the tea-making process and receive training`.
`While we recognise that this has been a very difficult time for our employees at North Shields and appreciate that some people would prefer not to participate, many employees are willing to help carry out this training.`