300 staff set to move as firm relocates to Wigan
9:10am Sunday 16th December 2012 in News
ALMOST 300 workers are being relocated from Bolton to Wigan after a delivery firm’s decision to leave a historic mill.
Yodel XL is moving from the Beehive Mill in Crescent Road, Great Lever, to Martland Mill in Wigan in March.
Bosses insist there are no planned job loses — but staff, who work across three daily shifts, are concerned about how they will travel to their new place of work.
And Bolton Council bosses say they are “disappointed”
with the news.
The XL arm of Yodel specialises in delivering heavier items, such as furniture.
A spokesman said: “It is part of a continuing modernisation programme to improve our service capabilities for the long-term success of the business.
We will be closing its existing site in Bolton from March. We are working closely with the Unite trade union to ensure a smooth transition.”
Gary Monk, the firm’s chief executive, added: “This is positive news for all because the relocation will see us move to a more modern and better-suited building.
“Yodel XL does not plan to make any redundancies during this relocation and we are working closely with all staff affected to ensure a smooth transition.”
One worker, who did not want to be named, said: “Many of the workers here don’t drive. A lot of them live nearby so they are worried about being moved to Wigan, which is 10 miles away.
“We don’t know if the management will lay on any transport and, if they do, whether they will offer this for the three shifts through the day and night. The unions are looking at all the plans.”
Union representatives were unavailable for comment.
A Bolton Council spokesman said: “If the council had been consulted about the relocation we would have worked with the company to try identifying an alternative location in Bolton.
We would encourage the company to make every effort possible to secure the jo
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