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May says government speaking to Nestle over job cuts
April 26, 2017 / 1:18 PM / 7 months ago

May says government speaking to Nestle over job cuts

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday her government was talking to Nestle after the Swiss-based company announced plans to cut almost 300 jobs in Britain, a move she said was not connected to Brexit.

FILE PHOTO: A Nestle company logo is pictured on a bar of Milky Bar chocolate in Manchester, Britain April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Nestle said on Tuesday that the 298 proposed cuts were being made at four sites in northern England and Scotland, where it wants to standardise its shift patterns.

“We should be clear that Nestle have themselves been clear that this is not a decision that was affected by leaving the European Union. They said they have made it irrespective of that,” May told an opposition Labour lawmaker in parliament after being asked whether she could grant Nestle a special deal to protect the jobs.

“I can assure her that we are already in touch with the company to understand their plans and the next steps.”

May added that business minister Greg Clark would also talk to representatives from Nestle later on Wednesday.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Kate Holton

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