Labour councillors have called for an urgent meeting with Müller managers after news that jobs are at risk at the firm’s Stonehouse factory.

A 45-day consultation period began yesterday as the company looks to “restructure” operations at the Oldends Lane plant.

Stonehouse councillor Mattie Ross said: “Coming on top of the news SKF is to close at the end of next year with the loss of 180 jobs, it’s essential we do all we can to keep Müller in Stonehouse. I shall be speaking with Stroud District Council’s chief executive to set up a meeting with Müller management, and I hope our MP will attend too because this is so much more than just the jobs going – it will affect the whole town.”

Council leader Doina Cornell said: “This comes off the back of other major job losses in the district. We really need to keep as many jobs near to people’s homes as we can, as we’re seeing more and more people having to commute out of the district for work. More commuting makes it harder for town centres to thrive and puts more pressure on our roads. If there is anything we can do as a council to help, we will.”

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