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Energy Prices: Tata Considers Closing Soda Ash Factory

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Emma Rigby, Northwhich Guardian

Around 220 jobs are at risk following the proposed closure of Tata Chemicals Europe’s soda ash factory in Winnington. The action is in response to the serious threat posed by high and rising energy prices

The proposed restructure, announced yesterday, Tuesday, would see Tata close its soda ash and calcium chloride factory in Winnington, retain and expand the sodium bicarbonate factory in Winnington and retain its soda ash and sodium bicarbonate factories in Lostock.

The action is in response to the serious threat posed by high and rising energy prices and would result in around 220 redundancies across Winnington and Lostock operations and from support services.

A 45-day period of statutory consultation with unions and employees has begun, with TCE giving workers and unions the opportunity to give comments and suggestions on alternative proposals.

Staff across the Winnington and Lostock plants were told about the decision yesterday, Tuesday.

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