ELLESMERE Port workers have been hit by the closure of a home delivery depot in Deeside, resulting in 53 jobs being transferred to Merseyside.
Electricals giant Comet has told staff, about half a dozen of whom come from this area, that it wants to axe its Deeside Industrial Park warehouse following a financial review.
In a letter to the workforce last Wednesday, the company’s regional services manager, Carl Baker, said: “It has been agreed that Comet will be closing the Chester home delivery platform and transferring the work to the DHL platform in Skelmersdale.
“This means that you will transfer employment to DHL and this will take effect from August 31.
“This transfer of the work from one owner to another is subject to the provisions of the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations. This means that as of the transfer date, DHL will become your employer.”
The occupational pension scheme cannot transfer with employment and DHL is to discuss pension options with workers.
Those who do not want to work in Skelmersdale have to tell the company in writing by August 24.
An Ellesmere Port worker, who did not wish to be named, told the Pioneer: “With the price of fuel at the moment this is the last thing you need, a 20-25 mile trip each way. I just don’t know what to do.”
In a statement, Comet said: “Comet can confirm that Deeside home delivery platform will be closing and transferring the work to its operation in Skelmersdale which is run by DHL.
“Deeside is the only delivery platform in the North West to be affected.
“Comet have reviewed the home delivery infrastructure for this year and it became apparent that we can deliver the same level of service more cost efficiently by moving the workload to Skelmersdale.
“This has not been an easy decision and in no way reflects on the efforts and commitment of our employees at this site.
“Every effort will be made to secure alternative employment for the 53 employees within DHL. However, as the employees are currently under consultation we are unable to comment any further at this stage.”
Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami said he would write to Comet urging them to reconsider their decision.