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Closure Of St Helens Coates Viyella Factory

EDM number 753 in 1995-96, proposed by John Evans on 18/04/1996.

That this House condemns the precipitate decision of Coates Viyella to close their St Helens factory with the loss of 386 jobs without any consultation with the workforce or their representatives; notes with anger and dismay that the St Helens factory's production of shirts for Marks and Spencer will be transferred to Coates Viyella low wage factories in Mauritius and Morocco; further notes that this factory, where wages are between ú150-ú160 per week has such a long history of good industrial relations that in 1995 the workforce won for the company an Investing in People award; and therefore calls upon Coates Viyella to honour the assurance they gave to the workforce, St Helens Council and the honourable Members for St Helens North and St Helens South, when they took over Tootals, that the factory and its workforce had a long term future.

This motion has been signed by a total of 35 MPs.

John Evans18/04/1996St Helens NorthProposed
George Howarth18/04/1996Knowsley NorthSigned
Jane Kennedy18/04/1996Liverpool BroadgreenSigned
Edward O'Hara18/04/1996Knowsley SouthSigned
Gerry Bermingham18/04/1996St Helens SouthSigned
Robert Parry22/04/1996Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Peter Hardy22/04/1996WentworthSigned
Lynne Jones22/04/1996Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe22/04/1996LeighSigned
Mike Watson23/04/1996Glasgow CentralSigned
Robert Wareing23/04/1996Liverpool, West DerbySigned
Hugh Bayley23/04/1996York, City ofSigned
Kenneth Eastham23/04/1996Manchester, BlackleySigned
Barry Jones23/04/1996Alyn & DeesideSigned
Eric Illsley23/04/1996Barnsley CentralSigned
Dennis Skinner23/04/1996BolsoverSigned
Colin Pickthall23/04/1996West LancashireSigned
Bill Michie23/04/1996Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Paul Flynn24/04/1996Newport WestSigned
Mike Hall24/04/1996Warrington SouthSigned
Norman Godman24/04/1996Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Michael Connarty24/04/1996Falkirk EastSigned
Eric Clarke24/04/1996MidlothianSigned
Alan Meale24/04/1996MansfieldSigned
Denis MacShane24/04/1996RotherhamSigned
Eddie Loyden24/04/1996Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Terry Rooney24/04/1996Bradford NorthSigned
Michael Clapham25/04/1996Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Win Griffiths25/04/1996BridgendSigned
Tony Banks25/04/1996Newham North WestSigned
Peter Pike29/04/1996BurnleySigned
Martyn Jones30/04/1996Clwyd South WestSigned
Keith Bradley30/04/1996Manchester, WithingtonSigned
John Gunnell30/04/1996Leeds South and MorleySigned
Audrey Wise30/04/1996PrestonSigned

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