Unite has called for the UK government to set up a regional task force to deal with the economic fall out from the imminent closure of the Coryton refinery which will result in the loss of 800 jobs in the area. Unite has joined with Thurrock Council to call for ministers to form a beefed up task force, backed with government cash to combat the loss of up to £ 250 million in the Essex economy.
A public meeting is to be called and a public inquiry will ensure looking into reasons as to why the facility is closing. This will take place on 11th July.
The Coryton refinery is set to be sold and converted into an import terminal for fuel, leading to the loss of over 800 jobs. Unite has repeatedly called for a short term government bail out to tide the plant over until a solid buyer can be found.
In a letter to the UK Minister at eh Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Unite assistant general secretary, Tony Burke said the following:
‘A catastrophic effect on the local economy, dismantling a skilled workforce, not to mention the impact on other businesses and employment in the locality.’
‘We would make no secret of the fact that assistance to the local area needs to be backed up by significant additional government funds and that BIS recognises the need to give the highest priority.’
Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd.