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Flaxby factory to close with loss of 200 jobs

Flaxby factory to close with loss of 200 jobs

Published at 2:10pm 1st October 2015. (Updated at 5:06pm 1st October 2015)

A factory near Knaresborough is set to close, with the loss of around 200 jobs. 

RR Donnelly, based at Flaxby Moor, prints telephone directories for the UK and foreign markets.

In a statement, the company said: "It is with regret that we have announced our proposal to close the Flaxby Moor facility. We propose to cease production by 31 December 2015.

"We will now enter into a process of consultation with our employees and their representatives and ensure that we fully meet our obligations in this respect.

"Further, we understand that this announcement places our employees and their families in a period of uncertainty and we will attempt to support and provide reasonable assistance through the process."

Unite says it's due to have talks with the management at the plant in a bid to secure as many jobs as possible and to ascertain the causes for the closure. 

Unite regional officer Chris Daly said: "This is a bitter blow for the workforce and their families, as well as the local economy. These are well-paid jobs that are under threat and won’t be easily replicated in rural North Yorkshire. 

"We are due to have a meeting with the management next week - the day has yet to be confirmed - with a view to securing the best deal possible for our members. Obviously, we would like to secure all the jobs under threat. 

"It had moved into other markets and has been printing Avon for a number of years. We are not sure at this stage what has precipitated the closure announcement.

"This is an American-owned company and one of the avenues we will be discussing is redeployment to another of its sites in the UK.

"We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to support our members at what is a traumatic time for them."