Pfizer and UK Coal cuts hit North-east with 900 job losses
Thursday 27 January 2005
The north-east of England suffered a double jobs blow yesterday as the region's last deep coal mine was shut down and a multinational drug company said it was closing a manufacturing plant in the region. More than 900 jobs will be lost around the town of Morpeth.
UK Coal, which owns the rump of the British coal industry, has closed Ellington colliery near Morpeth with the immediate loss of 340 jobs. Millions of gallons of water had flooded the current site and 13 days of pumping failed to restore the mine.
Gerry Spindler, the chief executive of UK Coal, said: "We could not have asked for, or received, more commitment than that given by the Ellington workforce, and it is a great sadness that their attempts to maintain viable deep-mine operations for some years to come have been so abruptly terminated."
The company, whose shares dipped 2p to 129.5p on news that the closure will cost £6m, said it would be unsafe to move mining to adjacent areas.
The closure brings an end to the losses at Ellington, which were £11m last year, but it is a bitter blow to the local community. It came on the same day as Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceuticals company, said it no longer needed a manufacturing plant in Morpeth, which employs 571 people.
The company will try to find a buyer and said it would work with the Department of Trade and Industry to try to minimise the effect on the local community.
The Morpeth plant makes pharmaceutical chemicals, and tablets and capsules for heart and arthritis medicines sold around the world. The closure is part of a manufacturing review at Pfizer, which was launched after it bought Pharmacia of the US in 2003.
In Sandwich, Kent, Pfizer employees were also told yesterday that 400 jobs would go over the next few years at plants making veterinary and human cardiovascular drugs.
Tony Maddaluna, Pfizer's vice-president of global manufacturing, said: "The capacity provided by these operations is not required."
- 1 Scientists create transparent mouse complete with see-through organs
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 3 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 4 Putin v Obama: Russian deputy prime minister mocks president with catty pictures on Twitter
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
Russell Brand accuses Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
Kenny Ireland dead: Benidorm actor dies aged 68
Justin Bieber posts Instagram photo of Orlando Bloom crying after Ibiza fight 'over Miranda Kerr'
Putin v Obama: Russian deputy prime minister mocks president with catty pictures on Twitter
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- < Previous
- Next >
iJobs Money & Business
£300 - £350 per day: Orgtel: Financial Analyst, Forecasting, Halifax, Banking,...
£500 per day: Orgtel: Business Architect - Banking - Bristol - £500 per day A...
£200 - £500 per day + competitive: Orgtel: I am currently working on a large p...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Real Staffing are currently lo...