Jobs cut announced

Veka has made 25 jobs redundant at its Burnley plant, following a recent consultation process.

The company said it took all available actions to ensure Veka remained sustainable following the pandemic and the business failure of two important customers.

David Jones, managing director of Veka, said: “Having started the process on Monday June 15, establishing an employee elected committee responsible for taking group redundancy consultations, we have followed it to its conclusion. Fortunately, throughout the process, working with our committee, we were able to reduce the impact from an estimated redundancy of 78 roles to 25. This equates to 6.5% of our workforce and reflects the new scale of the business.”

Veka is taking a phased approach to the redundancies. Phase one redundancies represented roles that the business could not foresee and short-medium term relief from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and have now been completed.

Phase two roles were those roles that were dependent on seeing positive sales upturn in July, focusing specifically on the operational needs of the business to support the manufacturing demand. Due to a strong result in July and a more positive overall industry outlook in the coming months, Veka will no longer proceed with phase two redundancies.

Veka said it continues to support those affected by redundancy by offering outplacement support and extending wellbeing packages for a number of months following each individual’s leave date.