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28 job losses as factory announces closure

Friday January 8 2016

Cllr Roy Miller Cllr Roy Miller

ALL 28 jobs at a Barnsley factory are to go when it closes in March.

Moorland Plastics has provided jobs for disabled people in Barnsley for 50 years but Barnsley Council says it can no longer afford to subsidise it.

Work has been done to restructure and streamline the business to try and make it viable but while the firm ‘significantly increased’ its income, it still fell short of balancing its budget relying on the council to provide the financial shortfall.

Coun Roy Miller said: “Like any employer, it is essential Barnsley Council manages its operations in a businesslike manner which is why, regrettably, we have to decommission Moorland Plastics.”

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Reply Posted by fred on Saturday January 9 2016 at 09:37
"Coun Roy Miller said: “Like any employer, it is essential Barnsley Council manages its operations in a businesslike manner"",Roy Miller was a ex union official who fought management over plans to restructure and streamline the plastics business at Darton Parkside ,When this factory was closed with 480 odd job loses including Coun Roy Miller, he decided that it was time to become a Council Official,truth known he was unemployable anywhere else,Now he is involved in shut another plastics business on this time he is on
the other side of the fence

Reply Posted by Steven James on Monday January 11 2016 at 10:17
Very rarely do I EVER stick up for Miller but Fred as usual is way off the mark with his comments regarding Parkside Performance Films.

Firstly, Miller has been the Darton councillor for over 20 years.

Parkside bought the Darton site and were way out of their depth, akin to a corner shop trying to to buy Tesco out one could say.

For the first two years the Darton site, plus sister sites in Zlotow, Poland and Normanton ran extremely well and all three were profitable.

After those two years the Darton site was sold to a developer which would "rent" the site back to Parkside at an extortionate rate of £800,000 per annum rising to £1.25 Million per annum which was absolute financial suicide!

Management then systematically asset stripped the Darton site of its higher value machinery and sent it to Poland.

The so called "restructuring and streamlining" was jus a smoke and mirrors exercise as Parkside management were hellbent on destroying plastic fabrication at the Darton site.

Yes Miller was the F.O.C (Father of the Chapel) of the mighty (lol) GMPU (Print Union) and entered into negotiations with Parkside management.
Parkside management wanted both unions on site to work together (GMPU / TGWU) and enter into joint negotiations with management, however, Miller showed his true colours and arrogant nature by declining to enter into joint negotiations with the TGWU.

The TGWU Branch Secretary worked tirelessly with Parkside management to try and get a deal together to ensure that Plastics Fabrication would remain at the Darton site for many years to come and was single handedly responsible for keeping the site open for six months longer than it really should have been.
So much for Miller and the mighty GMPU eh?

By this time all hope was lost and the site (and group) entered administration.

There were many interested parties in the Darton site but as the site had been sold and leased back at an extortionate rate all of the buyers pulled out simply because the site was not financially viable.

Finally, both unions and Miller in general were NOT responsible for the demise of the Darton site, the blame lies with Parkside management who simply bought more than they could chew.

How do I now all this?
I worked there I was also a TGWU union official.

Reply Posted by TeamDK on Tuesday January 12 2016 at 15:15
That is a lot of Typing ....

Reply Posted by tobytyke on Saturday January 16 2016 at 14:05
Yes your right TeamDK a lot of typing ,and what a load of crap ,I was a TGWU official too and it sounds like Steven has got his head upside down ,sounds like union baking the wrong side to me ???

Reply Posted by Steven James on Saturday January 16 2016 at 16:58
Erm no.
Sounds like you haven't got a bleeding clue, there were only two people that ever knew the "full SP" and on of them was miller and the other me.

Reply Posted by tobytyke on Tuesday January 19 2016 at 22:19
If you say so ,two peas in a pod haha

Reply Posted by Steven James on Thursday January 21 2016 at 19:03
Whatever Troll ^^^^^^

Reply Posted by tobytyke on Thursday January 21 2016 at 22:35
Sounds like you have an IQ of zero

Reply Posted by Royvorn on Tuesday January 12 2016 at 17:25
A lot of typing maybe, but informative nevertheless.

Reply Posted by Suzanne Plimmer on Tuesday January 12 2016 at 18:58
There's a reason that Roy Miller has been a local councillor for twenty years and it's this: he genuinely cares about the people of Darton. Have some respect!

Reply Posted by Steven James on Tuesday January 12 2016 at 19:22
I was respectful to a point in my post, in fact I actually stuck up for him did I not?

Reply Posted by NonnyRat on Tuesday January 12 2016 at 18:58
What about bringing in someone local who can take a professional look at the situation, pull away from the council and make this into a viable business? We have a whole host of Barnsley Dragons Den's who could look at this? I wouldn't trust this council to tie my shoes laces, especially the guy above!

Reply Posted by Peepo on Tuesday January 12 2016 at 22:17
Trev ( Scott trev Fender on FB)
Obviously has deep issues !
Wake up & smell the coffee !!
Blame the Torie cut backs & the people who voted then in !

Reply Posted by Stevo on Wednesday January 13 2016 at 09:15
Maybe if the council stopped wasting money on stupid and brainless things they would have more money to spend on important things, £32,000 on the 'clock' on the Civic building! Councillors claiming 30 grand a year on expenses, cut backs?

Reply Posted by Realisticman on Friday January 15 2016 at 20:51
Don't forget the £2million property development fund given to developers as a sweetener to build units and attract jobs, hang on a minute though isn't that robbing Peter to pay Paul?

Reply Posted by Robdought on Wednesday January 13 2016 at 23:01
The Council keep going on about a reduction in government funding and cut backs.

So let's start cutting back on the number of greedy brown envelope councillors and spend the money supporting employment forstaff like Morland projects.

Reply Posted by Gavelar on Thursday January 14 2016 at 18:39
Barnsley council are financially inept they couldnt balance the books if they had 10 times their budget. We pay top dollar for staff and then more for consultants to tell them how to do their jobs. Then there are all the vanity projects and waste. The reasons the cutbacks hurt barnsley so much is because the finances of the town have been mismanaged for so long. FLabour council once aga stivcking up for the most vulnerable. I do find the comment that roy says the council runs like a business hilarious, if bmbc was ever a private business it would be bankrupt in weeks

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