MP: Pilks job losses ‘devastating’

St Helens MP Shaun Woodward
St Helens MP Shaun Woodward

St Helens MP Shaun Woodward has described the announcement of 140 job losses at the town’s Pilkington glass site as a “devastating blow” to workers and their families.

Pilks, which has had its headquarters in the town for more than 150 years, revealed on Thursday it was closed its float glass operations in the town, bringing to end decades of production in the borough.

Mr Woodward said: “This is a devastating blow for those workers and families who face losing their jobs just before Christmas.

“I will be speaking with Pilkington Glass today and will do everything I can to help those who lose their jobs find work as quickly as possible.

“It is imperative that all local partners such as St Helens Council and St Helens Chamber work together to help find work for the affected workforce.”