Amazon to close Gourock and two other sites
Online retailer Amazon is shutting its Gourock warehouse in Inverclyde and two others in Doncaster and Hemel Hempstead.
It is understood that all 1,200 workers will be offered roles at other locations. The Gourock depot overlooking the Clyde employs 300 and could shut in March. It opened in 2004.
Amazon has also announced new fulfilment centres at Peddimore, West Midlands, and Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, which will create 2,500 jobs over the next three years.
A spokesman for the company said: “We’re always evaluating our network to make sure it fits our business needs and to improve the experience for our employees and customers.
“All employees affected by site closure consultations will be offered the opportunity to transfer to other facilities and we remain committed to our customers, employees and communities across the UK.”
Steve Garelick, GMB organiser, said: “This is a real kick in the teeth for Amazon staff who worked themselves into the ground during the festive rush.
“Hard-up Amazon workers can’t suddenly be expected to up sticks and move to a different fulfilment centre which may be many miles away.
“To move forward with stability, Amazon needs to engage with the workforce through their union GMB.”
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