Union hoping to avoid job losses at Chesterfield firm

Franke Sissons' Carrwood Road base
Franke Sissons' Carrwood Road base

Unions representing employees at Chesterfield company Franke Sissons say they hope the manufacturing base can be saved and job losses avoided.

They say they believe the firm is a viable business in Chesterfield and hope that it can be maintained by parent company, the Franke Group, or another company.

Two weeks ago, Franke Sissons announced its plans to move manufacturing from its UK base to Europe but have not gone into detail about what this will mean for the 80 people employed at the company’s Carrwood Road factory.

Mark Young, East Midlands regional co-ordinating officer for Unite the Union, said: “We have started a formal consultation with the company and what we want to do at this stage is to look at alternatives to job losses.”

“We are engaged in discussions with the company, as well as local MP Toby Perkins and borough council leader John Burrows, who are both fully engaged with the project as well.”

“We are hoping to put together a joint proposition to the company’s Swiss owners which could retain what we believe to be a good, cost effective, business in Chesterfield.”

“We believe it is a viable business and what we want to do is put together a case to the holding company to maintain the business in Chesterfield.”

“We met with the company last week and have had further meetings this week as well.”

“Our first priority is to keep the site together whether it be owned by the Franke Group or other options we might be able to explore.”

The company has not commented publicly since its initial statement made two weeks ago.

Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, said: “We have been speaking to the business to see if there is anything we can do to help but it is difficult when you come to the process after it seems a decision has been made.”