British American Tobacco says jobs are at risk in Corby

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A Corby cigarette producer has announced a number of jobs are at risk.

The British American Tobacco processing plant in Headway, Great Oakley, is consulting with a ‘small number’ of staff over possible redundancies.

The firm would not reveal the exact number of redundancies on the cards although there is no suggestion that the plant will close.

A spokesman said: “British American Tobacco has recently made some changes regarding the way our business sources certain elements of our products in Europe.

“As such, we are in the process of consulting with our employees in Corby regarding the structure of the team in order to create a more sustainable future for the Corby facility.

“It is early days and no decisions have been made yet and we will be communicating with any affected staff first in the coming weeks regarding the next steps.

“This is a difficult time but we are working with employee representatives to ensure all staff are treated fairly and with respect throughout the process.”

The Corby factory has a highly-skilled workforce that processes tobacco in the form of lamina by steaming, wetting, cutting, and expanding it to produce tobacco for cigarette manufacture at other premises.

Corby MP Andy Sawford said he would be seeking reassurances from bosses at the firm over the number of redundancies and the timescales involved.

British American Tobacco plc is a British multinational firm with its headquarters in London. It is one of the world’s five largest tobacco companies and sells Dunhill, Lucky Strike, Benson & Hedges and Rothmans cigarettes.