65 jobs to go at Allan Brothers

Allan Brothers, Tweedmouth
Allan Brothers, Tweedmouth

Allan Brothers has confirmed it is proceeding with a proposed restructure of its UK business with the loss of 65 jobs at its Berwick woodyard.

Employees and unions were told of the decision and the expected impact at a series of meetings and presentations at the company’s manufacturing site on Ord Road, Tweedmouth.

This announcement follows a month-long consultation with unions and employees that included looking at any substantive viable alternatives to a proposal outlined on April 23.

The company will be transferring production of price sensitive, commodity window casement products to a sister plant in Poland.

It is now confirmed that 65 positions, three fewer than originally thought, will be directly affected by the restructure. More than 50% of the reduction is expected to be achieved through voluntary redundancies.

Danny Hughes, Inwido UK MD, explained: “During the consultation it became clear there were no significant viable alternatives to our original proposals.

“However, during the process we were able to reduce some of the impact on staff and the number of likely compulsory redundancies is falling daily.

“In a few months from now, combined with future investment, our Berwick facility will focus on high-value crafted products such as sliding sash windows, which we have a strong and proud heritage of manufacturing in Berwick.”

As part of Allan Brother’s commitment to developing sales the business has opened a new 440 sq m showroom and office facility in the South East of England to take advantage of the buoyancy in that region of the UK. This showroom will become a hub for an expanded sales team in the south of the UK.

John Cosgrove, regional organiser of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT), said: “The lads are very disappointed and feel let down by their employer.

“I think this was a done deal because the raw materials are so much cheaper in Poland. I feel the company has had this on the backburner for some time.

“It’s obviously going to have a major impact for Berwick because Allan Brothers is one of the biggest employers in the town.”