EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Swansea; West Wales and The Valleys; Wales
Location of affected unit(s): Gorseinon


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
20 - Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
Number Employed: 351

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 15-04-2008
Planned Job Reductions min: 185
Planned Job Reductions max: 212
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 15-04-2008
Foreseen End Date: 15-06-2009

Additional Information

3M, the American multinational conglomerate, has announced that it is to cut 185 jobs at its plant in Gorseinon, Swansea. A further 27 jobs are also under review. The fact that the plant had an uncertain future was first announced in January 2008 and a 90 day consultation period has been completed. A further consultation period will now start to agree how to achieve the job cuts over the next 14 months. The trade union at the site UNITE has said that it is concerned about the announced job losses and committed to supporting and protecting its members.