More than 200 jobs could be axed at car parts firm ‘due to Brexit and Covid’

More than 200 jobs at a car parts firm in south Wales face being axed partly due to Brexit and coronavirus, the company has said.

Tory Britain

Kautex Textron, which has a plant in Ystrad Mynach near Caerphilly, South Wales, said it was discussing possible staff reductions with its workers as well as the potential closure of the site after 51 years in the town. The plant opened in 1970 and makes car parts including water containers and nozzles.

A spokesperson for the company told the PA news agency if the decision was made to close the plant it would work to provide other internal opportunities “to as many employees as possible to mitigate the impact”.

The spokesperson said:

We can confirm we have entered into provisionary discussions regarding staff reductions and potentially a site closure. Brexit, as well as the ongoing economic impact of Covid-19, are the key contributors to this decision.

We have no further comment regarding the status, as we are currently in required consultation period with the GMB union and employee forum and will respect the consultation process.

Read on...

The spokesperson said the company, which has its headquarters in Bonn, Germany, could not confirm the exact number of employees at its Ystrad Mynach site, but that it was “somewhat higher” than the 220 reported elsewhere.

Union intervention

The GMB union said it would “pull every lever available” to save jobs at the site, blaming falling sales due to the global downturn in the car industry.

It said the company had also told them the potential job losses were due in part to Brexit, with European car manufacturers looking to source products on the continent.

Mike Payne, GMB senior organiser, said:

This came completely out of the blue, no one was expecting this, least of all the workforce. This is devastating news for the workers, the local economy, and the entire local community in Ystrad Mynach and Caerphilly.

From what the company has been telling us, their sales have suffered as companies that they supply their products to are looking ‘more locally’ to source their products.

It seems as though we’re seeing more high-skilled well-paid jobs sacrificed at the Brexit altar.

Featured image via – Flickr/Chatham House

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us