Plans to outsource production while creative design work stays in the city

The Hallmark print works in Dawson Lane, Dudley Hill

The Hallmark print works in Dawson Lane, Dudley Hill

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Business Reporter

Around 300 print jobs are under threat as a Bradford-based greetings card manufacturer plans to outsource production by the end of the year.

US-owned Hallmark UK is looking to withdraw from printing operations to focus on creative design and distribution of its cards.

Under the plans, 80 per cent of production would go to the Far East, with around 20 per cent being outsourced to UK producers, possibly including some in West Yorkshire. Gift wrap production will transfer to the United States.

The potential job cuts will hit printing workers at Hallmark’s operations at Dawson Lane, Dudley Hill, where the firm also has its key distribution centre – which is unaffected by the move.

Steve Wright, Hallmark’s Bradford-based international chief executive, said: “The essence of our company is design and creativity. By outsourcing manufacturing, we are making a strategic decision to focus our UK business on what we do best, while at the same time reducing costs, ensuring that the business is best placed to grow and thrive.

“We fully recognise how hard this decision will be on those of our employees who are affected. We will make sure that we support our people throughout, working closely with them to look for every opportunity to minimise job losses and, where this is not possible, to support employees in finding new employment.

“Having been based in Bradford for more than 30 years, we’re as committed to the city as ever. While this is an extremely tough decision, our intention is to build a business that can continue to contribute positively to Bradford’s economy and its people.”

Hallmark said it will enter a detailed consultation process with employees over the plans.

Bradford Council leader Councillor David Green said: “We are extremely sorry that Hallmark is closing down its manufacturing operations at its Dawson Lane site in Bradford over the next nine months. Our sympathies are with everyone who works there.

“We understand Hallmark is still committed to providing employment in Bradford and the company has to make these changes as part of preparing its business for a strong, sustainable future. We will continue to work with Hallmark as they develop their business.

“Bradford will remain the home of Hallmark’s international division. The design and HQ functions will stay at Bingley Road, Heaton, the distribution centre will remain at the Dawson Lane base and Hallmark will still use Bradford-based manufacturing suppliers.

“We have met with Hallmark and will be working closely with the company to do everything we can to help local people who are losing their jobs access support to find alternative employment.”

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8:34am Fri 7 Mar 14

Truth77 says...

Bet they do not outsource the production of there American factories and send that out to the far east,
Bet they do not outsource the production of there American factories and send that out to the far east, Truth77
  • Score: 8

8:43am Fri 7 Mar 14

Avro says...

This will be a a serious blow to employment in Bierley where the majority of workers live.
This will be a a serious blow to employment in Bierley where the majority of workers live. Avro
  • Score: 12

9:04am Fri 7 Mar 14

albioff says...

I guess the ultimate blame will rest with Royal Mail as it can cost as much as the card just to send the b..... thing these days so folk will think twice before sending cards.
I guess the ultimate blame will rest with Royal Mail as it can cost as much as the card just to send the b..... thing these days so folk will think twice before sending cards. albioff
  • Score: 7

9:41am Fri 7 Mar 14

sorrow&anger says...

So much for Cllr. Green's 'City of Producers'. He can't even keep the few companies that he has left. When will he understand that until he regenerates Bradford the employment traffic is going to be one way, out of the City.
So much for Cllr. Green's 'City of Producers'. He can't even keep the few companies that he has left. When will he understand that until he regenerates Bradford the employment traffic is going to be one way, out of the City. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 21

9:43am Fri 7 Mar 14

Bantam999 says...

Looks like they'll be needing plenty 'Sorry you're leaving' cards.
Looks like they'll be needing plenty 'Sorry you're leaving' cards. Bantam999
  • Score: 4

9:50am Fri 7 Mar 14

Grumpygirl says...

Only last week the Tory Government was banging on about the success of its onshoring scheme. It hasn't worked in Bradford. Instead this is a success for the Tory policy of making Britain the easiest and cheapest place in Europe for international capital to sack workers. This policy was supposed to create jobs, remember?
Only last week the Tory Government was banging on about the success of its onshoring scheme. It hasn't worked in Bradford. Instead this is a success for the Tory policy of making Britain the easiest and cheapest place in Europe for international capital to sack workers. This policy was supposed to create jobs, remember? Grumpygirl
  • Score: 2

9:51am Fri 7 Mar 14

Grumpygirl says...

Bantam999 wrote:
Looks like they'll be needing plenty 'Sorry you're leaving' cards.
Not funny Bantam. Have you ever been made redundant?
[quote][p][bold]Bantam999[/bold] wrote: Looks like they'll be needing plenty 'Sorry you're leaving' cards.[/p][/quote]Not funny Bantam. Have you ever been made redundant? Grumpygirl
  • Score: 5

10:41am Fri 7 Mar 14

webshow says...

A considerable amount of manufacturing is returning to the UK.
This is bad news, maybe we Brits should bring back the Buy British campaign from the '70s & '80's so companies like Hallmark get the picture.
I will certainly be avoiding their cards from now on for any of my anniversaries and celebrations and look for a local or national British product.
A considerable amount of manufacturing is returning to the UK. This is bad news, maybe we Brits should bring back the Buy British campaign from the '70s & '80's so companies like Hallmark get the picture. I will certainly be avoiding their cards from now on for any of my anniversaries and celebrations and look for a local or national British product. webshow
  • Score: 6

11:04am Fri 7 Mar 14

BaildonGuy says...

webshow wrote:
A considerable amount of manufacturing is returning to the UK.
This is bad news, maybe we Brits should bring back the Buy British campaign from the '70s & '80's so companies like Hallmark get the picture.
I will certainly be avoiding their cards from now on for any of my anniversaries and celebrations and look for a local or national British product.
Good idea, but you have to be very careful these days. Thanks to Government policy (their mates in the city make lots of money from takeover deals) there aren't too many British companies left. For instance, you would think that UK Greetings headquartered in Dewsbury were British and local. Wrong! They are owned by American Greetings.
[quote][p][bold]webshow[/bold] wrote: A considerable amount of manufacturing is returning to the UK. This is bad news, maybe we Brits should bring back the Buy British campaign from the '70s & '80's so companies like Hallmark get the picture. I will certainly be avoiding their cards from now on for any of my anniversaries and celebrations and look for a local or national British product.[/p][/quote]Good idea, but you have to be very careful these days. Thanks to Government policy (their mates in the city make lots of money from takeover deals) there aren't too many British companies left. For instance, you would think that UK Greetings headquartered in Dewsbury were British and local. Wrong! They are owned by American Greetings. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 8

11:10am Fri 7 Mar 14

pcmanners says...

I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.
I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today. pcmanners
  • Score: 9

11:14am Fri 7 Mar 14

Bantam999 says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
Bantam999 wrote:
Looks like they'll be needing plenty 'Sorry you're leaving' cards.
Not funny Bantam. Have you ever been made redundant?
Grumpygirl by name, Grumpygirl by nature. The answer to your question is no by the way.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantam999[/bold] wrote: Looks like they'll be needing plenty 'Sorry you're leaving' cards.[/p][/quote]Not funny Bantam. Have you ever been made redundant?[/p][/quote]Grumpygirl by name, Grumpygirl by nature. The answer to your question is no by the way. Bantam999
  • Score: -1

11:51am Fri 7 Mar 14

bonoforpm says...

pcmanners wrote:
I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.
Because the T&A are terrified of letting readers comment on any issue of significance, they prefer to let people comment on trivia to avoid upsetting our "diversity".

You will find that this happens every day on this website until the T&A grow up and start acting like a proper campaigning newspaper instead of the Council's toadying mouthpiece
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.[/p][/quote]Because the T&A are terrified of letting readers comment on any issue of significance, they prefer to let people comment on trivia to avoid upsetting our "diversity". You will find that this happens every day on this website until the T&A grow up and start acting like a proper campaigning newspaper instead of the Council's toadying mouthpiece bonoforpm
  • Score: 16

12:00pm Fri 7 Mar 14

bonoforpm says...

bonoforpm wrote:
pcmanners wrote:
I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.
Because the T&A are terrified of letting readers comment on any issue of significance, they prefer to let people comment on trivia to avoid upsetting our "diversity".

You will find that this happens every day on this website until the T&A grow up and start acting like a proper campaigning newspaper instead of the Council's toadying mouthpiece
Just to clarify, I'm not saying that these job losses are trivial, I'm merely pointing out the T&A's reluctance to engage in proper debate about certain issues
[quote][p][bold]bonoforpm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.[/p][/quote]Because the T&A are terrified of letting readers comment on any issue of significance, they prefer to let people comment on trivia to avoid upsetting our "diversity". You will find that this happens every day on this website until the T&A grow up and start acting like a proper campaigning newspaper instead of the Council's toadying mouthpiece[/p][/quote]Just to clarify, I'm not saying that these job losses are trivial, I'm merely pointing out the T&A's reluctance to engage in proper debate about certain issues bonoforpm
  • Score: 10

12:34pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

webshow wrote:
A considerable amount of manufacturing is returning to the UK.
This is bad news, maybe we Brits should bring back the Buy British campaign from the '70s & '80's so companies like Hallmark get the picture.
I will certainly be avoiding their cards from now on for any of my anniversaries and celebrations and look for a local or national British product.
America would boycott them.
[quote][p][bold]webshow[/bold] wrote: A considerable amount of manufacturing is returning to the UK. This is bad news, maybe we Brits should bring back the Buy British campaign from the '70s & '80's so companies like Hallmark get the picture. I will certainly be avoiding their cards from now on for any of my anniversaries and celebrations and look for a local or national British product.[/p][/quote]America would boycott them. Joedavid
  • Score: 5

12:36pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

pcmanners wrote:
I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.
:-)
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.[/p][/quote]:-) Joedavid
  • Score: -1

1:36pm Fri 7 Mar 14

BertSanders says...

Joedavid wrote:
pcmanners wrote:
I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.
:-)
The poll says 85% agree with Mr Davies. The intention is that it is to be dicussed with interested parties. The T & A appears to consider that it does not want opinions to inflame the situation - and that seems proper to me.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.[/p][/quote]:-)[/p][/quote]The poll says 85% agree with Mr Davies. The intention is that it is to be dicussed with interested parties. The T & A appears to consider that it does not want opinions to inflame the situation - and that seems proper to me. BertSanders
  • Score: -5

1:47pm Fri 7 Mar 14

northern pig says...

bonoforpm wrote:
pcmanners wrote:
I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.
Because the T&A are terrified of letting readers comment on any issue of significance, they prefer to let people comment on trivia to avoid upsetting our "diversity".

You will find that this happens every day on this website until the T&A grow up and start acting like a proper campaigning newspaper instead of the Council's toadying mouthpiece
What Phillip Davies said is absolute common sense.The Islamic council want a debate!!! .No debate needed,people should not be walking the streets of Bradford wearing Veils coupled with the other attire worn, As stated by Mr Davies you cannot tell what sex they are. not just in a bank or an airport they should not be worn any where.It is a security threat .In the age we live in now.
[quote][p][bold]bonoforpm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.[/p][/quote]Because the T&A are terrified of letting readers comment on any issue of significance, they prefer to let people comment on trivia to avoid upsetting our "diversity". You will find that this happens every day on this website until the T&A grow up and start acting like a proper campaigning newspaper instead of the Council's toadying mouthpiece[/p][/quote]What Phillip Davies said is absolute common sense.The Islamic council want a debate!!! .No debate needed,people should not be walking the streets of Bradford wearing Veils coupled with the other attire worn, As stated by Mr Davies you cannot tell what sex they are. not just in a bank or an airport they should not be worn any where.It is a security threat .In the age we live in now. northern pig
  • Score: 7

2:10pm Fri 7 Mar 14

bd7 helper says...

Unemployment on increase again
Unemployment on increase again bd7 helper
  • Score: 12

3:13pm Fri 7 Mar 14

keep the faith ✊ says...

This was going to happen sooner or later, it was only a few years ago long serving employees of hallmark had to re-apply for their jobs, which meant NEW contracts!! So now the people who have served 25-30 years won't get 25-30 years redundancy but only 3-4 years because they signed NEW contracts!!.... They knew what they were doing.."DISCUSTING" hallmark!!
This was going to happen sooner or later, it was only a few years ago long serving employees of hallmark had to re-apply for their jobs, which meant NEW contracts!! So now the people who have served 25-30 years won't get 25-30 years redundancy but only 3-4 years because they signed NEW contracts!!.... They knew what they were doing.."DISCUSTING" hallmark!! keep the faith ✊
  • Score: 3

3:34pm Fri 7 Mar 14

BierleyBoy says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
Only last week the Tory Government was banging on about the success of its onshoring scheme. It hasn't worked in Bradford. Instead this is a success for the Tory policy of making Britain the easiest and cheapest place in Europe for international capital to sack workers. This policy was supposed to create jobs, remember?
There is no such policy. How utterly stupid are you? 1m manufacturing jobs disappeared in the UK under the last Labour govt.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: Only last week the Tory Government was banging on about the success of its onshoring scheme. It hasn't worked in Bradford. Instead this is a success for the Tory policy of making Britain the easiest and cheapest place in Europe for international capital to sack workers. This policy was supposed to create jobs, remember?[/p][/quote]There is no such policy. How utterly stupid are you? 1m manufacturing jobs disappeared in the UK under the last Labour govt. BierleyBoy
  • Score: -1

3:36pm Fri 7 Mar 14

The Hoffster says...

pcmanners wrote:
I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.
Because the usual, vile Islamophobes on here will have an ****.

And I'm afraid we can't have that.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.[/p][/quote]Because the usual, vile Islamophobes on here will have an ****. And I'm afraid we can't have that. The Hoffster
  • Score: -8

3:49pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Bassboy25 says...

keep the faith ✊ wrote:
This was going to happen sooner or later, it was only a few years ago long serving employees of hallmark had to re-apply for their jobs, which meant NEW contracts!! So now the people who have served 25-30 years won't get 25-30 years redundancy but only 3-4 years because they signed NEW contracts!!.... They knew what they were doing.."DISCUSTINGTh
at's complete fabrication! Hallmark employees would get full redundancy packages regardless of new contracts as it's still considered as continuous employment. I should know...I've work there for over 13 years!
[quote][p][bold]keep the faith ✊[/bold] wrote: This was going to happen sooner or later, it was only a few years ago long serving employees of hallmark had to re-apply for their jobs, which meant NEW contracts!! So now the people who have served 25-30 years won't get 25-30 years redundancy but only 3-4 years because they signed NEW contracts!!.... They knew what they were doing.."DISCUSTINGTh at's complete fabrication! Hallmark employees would get full redundancy packages regardless of new contracts as it's still considered as continuous employment. I should know...I've work there for over 13 years! Bassboy25
  • Score: 5

4:41pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

The Hoffster wrote:
pcmanners wrote:
I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.
Because the usual, vile Islamophobes on here will have an ****.

And I'm afraid we can't have that.
Got owt to say about Operation Trojan Horse?
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.[/p][/quote]Because the usual, vile Islamophobes on here will have an ****. And I'm afraid we can't have that.[/p][/quote]Got owt to say about Operation Trojan Horse? Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 5

5:11pm Fri 7 Mar 14

The Hoffster says...

Alhaurinrhino wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
pcmanners wrote:
I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.
Because the usual, vile Islamophobes on here will have an ****.

And I'm afraid we can't have that.
Got owt to say about Operation Trojan Horse?
Yes; a very interesting book.

And for those of you wondering what the censored word was in my earlier post was; here it is:

'orgas.m'

(lulz)
[quote][p][bold]Alhaurinrhino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: I'm still new to all this, but does anybody know why we can't comment on the Philip Davies veil story? It's the most important bit of news today.[/p][/quote]Because the usual, vile Islamophobes on here will have an ****. And I'm afraid we can't have that.[/p][/quote]Got owt to say about Operation Trojan Horse?[/p][/quote]Yes; a very interesting book. And for those of you wondering what the censored word was in my earlier post was; here it is: 'orgas.m' (lulz) The Hoffster
  • Score: -1

5:25pm Fri 7 Mar 14

keep the faith ✊ says...

Bassboy25 wrote:
keep the faith ✊ wrote:
This was going to happen sooner or later, it was only a few years ago long serving employees of hallmark had to re-apply for their jobs, which meant NEW contracts!! So now the people who have served 25-30 years won't get 25-30 years redundancy but only 3-4 years because they signed NEW contracts!!.... They knew what they were doing.."DISCUST
INGTh
at's complete fabrication! Hallmark employees would get full redundancy packages regardless of new contracts as it's still considered as continuous employment. I should know...I've work there for over 13 years!Well, I hope your right for yours & the rest of the 300 employees. Sad news all the same.
[quote][p][bold]Bassboy25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keep the faith ✊[/bold] wrote: This was going to happen sooner or later, it was only a few years ago long serving employees of hallmark had to re-apply for their jobs, which meant NEW contracts!! So now the people who have served 25-30 years won't get 25-30 years redundancy but only 3-4 years because they signed NEW contracts!!.... They knew what they were doing.."DISCUST INGTh at's complete fabrication! Hallmark employees would get full redundancy packages regardless of new contracts as it's still considered as continuous employment. I should know...I've work there for over 13 years![/p][/quote]Well, I hope your right for yours & the rest of the 300 employees. Sad news all the same. keep the faith ✊
  • Score: -1

5:51pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Grumpygirl says...

Bantam999 wrote:
Grumpygirl wrote:
Bantam999 wrote:
Looks like they'll be needing plenty 'Sorry you're leaving' cards.
Not funny Bantam. Have you ever been made redundant?
Grumpygirl by name, Grumpygirl by nature. The answer to your question is no by the way.
Well wait until it happens, you won't be making jokes then.

It's striver to skiver overnight. A benefits scrounger wasting money on fags and Sky, too lazy to look for work unless you're hounded and sanctioned by the Job Centre. A Daily Mail sterotype to be abused at every opportunity. A lifestyle choice because you're too thick to prosper.
[quote][p][bold]Bantam999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantam999[/bold] wrote: Looks like they'll be needing plenty 'Sorry you're leaving' cards.[/p][/quote]Not funny Bantam. Have you ever been made redundant?[/p][/quote]Grumpygirl by name, Grumpygirl by nature. The answer to your question is no by the way.[/p][/quote]Well wait until it happens, you won't be making jokes then. It's striver to skiver overnight. A benefits scrounger wasting money on fags and Sky, too lazy to look for work unless you're hounded and sanctioned by the Job Centre. A Daily Mail sterotype to be abused at every opportunity. A lifestyle choice because you're too thick to prosper. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 1

7:17pm Fri 7 Mar 14

999 number of the beast says...

Does anyone buy cards these day? I thought most of the Hallmark staff were temporary contract staff and mostly migrants.
Hallmark should have done this years ago when Far East cost were cheaper but they gambled on the minimum wage not rising and energy prices.
As for Bradford it needs to shake this manufacturing image and that might help in reducing the number of migrants this city attracts.
As for Philip Davies I agree with his comment but he has played straight into the hands of UKIP.
Does anyone buy cards these day? I thought most of the Hallmark staff were temporary contract staff and mostly migrants. Hallmark should have done this years ago when Far East cost were cheaper but they gambled on the minimum wage not rising and energy prices. As for Bradford it needs to shake this manufacturing image and that might help in reducing the number of migrants this city attracts. As for Philip Davies I agree with his comment but he has played straight into the hands of UKIP. 999 number of the beast
  • Score: -1

7:21pm Fri 7 Mar 14

999 number of the beast says...

keep the faith ✊ wrote:
Bassboy25 wrote:
keep the faith ✊ wrote:
This was going to happen sooner or later, it was only a few years ago long serving employees of hallmark had to re-apply for their jobs, which meant NEW contracts!! So now the people who have served 25-30 years won't get 25-30 years redundancy but only 3-4 years because they signed NEW contracts!!.... They knew what they were doing.."DISCUST

INGTh
at's complete fabrication! Hallmark employees would get full redundancy packages regardless of new contracts as it's still considered as continuous employment. I should know...I've work there for over 13 years!Well, I hope your right for yours & the rest of the 300 employees. Sad news all the same.But they will only give you the bare minimum of is it a weeks wage for every year you worked. So much for loyalty. This piece of legislation that the lovely Nu-LABour didn't change when they were in power.
[quote][p][bold]keep the faith ✊[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bassboy25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keep the faith ✊[/bold] wrote: This was going to happen sooner or later, it was only a few years ago long serving employees of hallmark had to re-apply for their jobs, which meant NEW contracts!! So now the people who have served 25-30 years won't get 25-30 years redundancy but only 3-4 years because they signed NEW contracts!!.... They knew what they were doing.."DISCUST INGTh at's complete fabrication! Hallmark employees would get full redundancy packages regardless of new contracts as it's still considered as continuous employment. I should know...I've work there for over 13 years![/p][/quote]Well, I hope your right for yours & the rest of the 300 employees. Sad news all the same.[/p][/quote]But they will only give you the bare minimum of is it a weeks wage for every year you worked. So much for loyalty. This piece of legislation that the lovely Nu-LABour didn't change when they were in power. 999 number of the beast
  • Score: 2

8:36pm Fri 7 Mar 14

999 number of the beast says...

Bassboy25 wrote:
keep the faith ✊ wrote:
This was going to happen sooner or later, it was only a few years ago long serving employees of hallmark had to re-apply for their jobs, which meant NEW contracts!! So now the people who have served 25-30 years won't get 25-30 years redundancy but only 3-4 years because they signed NEW contracts!!.... They knew what they were doing.."DISCUST
INGTh
at's complete fabrication! Hallmark employees would get full redundancy packages regardless of new contracts as it's still considered as continuous employment. I should know...I've work there for over 13 years!However won't they try to get away paying the bare minimum of 1 weeks wage for every years service.
[quote][p][bold]Bassboy25[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keep the faith ✊[/bold] wrote: This was going to happen sooner or later, it was only a few years ago long serving employees of hallmark had to re-apply for their jobs, which meant NEW contracts!! So now the people who have served 25-30 years won't get 25-30 years redundancy but only 3-4 years because they signed NEW contracts!!.... They knew what they were doing.."DISCUST INGTh at's complete fabrication! Hallmark employees would get full redundancy packages regardless of new contracts as it's still considered as continuous employment. I should know...I've work there for over 13 years![/p][/quote]However won't they try to get away paying the bare minimum of 1 weeks wage for every years service. 999 number of the beast
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Tecnotronic says...

Some politicians say that their are jobs to be had.I suggest they go tell these 300 people where they are.Some of these people will have their lives ruined.I was made redundant and i sympathise with these people.Mortgages etc still have to be paid.It really turns your world upside down and the politicians don't help with their comments.
Some politicians say that their are jobs to be had.I suggest they go tell these 300 people where they are.Some of these people will have their lives ruined.I was made redundant and i sympathise with these people.Mortgages etc still have to be paid.It really turns your world upside down and the politicians don't help with their comments. Tecnotronic
  • Score: 0

10:42pm Fri 7 Mar 14

BaildonGuy says...

Tecnotronic wrote:
Some politicians say that their are jobs to be had.I suggest they go tell these 300 people where they are.Some of these people will have their lives ruined.I was made redundant and i sympathise with these people.Mortgages etc still have to be paid.It really turns your world upside down and the politicians don't help with their comments.
I agree.
Spare a thought for the 300. It's not going to be easy for them. Despite the heroic sanctioning efforts of our Job Centre staff, joblessness in Bradford just keeps going up.
What's worse is the working assumption that if you're made redundant then a) its your fault and, b) that you don't deserve the benefits your national insurance contributions entitle you to. The Government and their Job Centres turn you into a non-person and treat you like a convicted criminal, or at best, a parolee.
[quote][p][bold]Tecnotronic[/bold] wrote: Some politicians say that their are jobs to be had.I suggest they go tell these 300 people where they are.Some of these people will have their lives ruined.I was made redundant and i sympathise with these people.Mortgages etc still have to be paid.It really turns your world upside down and the politicians don't help with their comments.[/p][/quote]I agree. Spare a thought for the 300. It's not going to be easy for them. Despite the heroic sanctioning efforts of our Job Centre staff, joblessness in Bradford just keeps going up. What's worse is the working assumption that if you're made redundant then a) its your fault and, b) that you don't deserve the benefits your national insurance contributions entitle you to. The Government and their Job Centres turn you into a non-person and treat you like a convicted criminal, or at best, a parolee. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 2

1:28am Sat 8 Mar 14

justjustice says...

"Buy British"? But that is there that is actually British? 90% of products are either made in China or India, 8% elsewhere and probably 2% of what we buy is actually British!

Look at the horse meat scandal, that's all thanks to supermarkets trying to save money that they didnt bother to check what they were buying! And they were buying from eastern europe.

TBH I think the government need to set up that "evacuation" plan they had for Liverpool and apply it to Bradford, how many other city centres have had a great big gaping hole in them for almost a decade?! It will probably take another decade to get Bradford to what it was like a decade ago!


As for the veil story article, how about we also ban hoodies, scarves, hats, caps, glasses, and all other items which can be used to partially or fully cover the head or face?! I mean it is of course due to security concerns....no? you just want to go after the garment which is associated with Islam, yeah that isnt racist of you, you are right of course no muslim would wear glasses, caps, hats, scarves or even a hoodie, no none of those kids hanging on street corners are mostly asian wearing those hoodies. Oh, what's that? YOU like wearing a hoodie so you dont want to ban it? Oh that makes perfect sense, it's not that you are being racist or discriminating, it's just that what you want makes you "look" like a racist and are discriminating.

Yeah I love hypocrites, apply their own "reasoning" to something they like and all of a sudden they start crying, but still are adamant to apply it to something that they dont like.
"Buy British"? But that is there that is actually British? 90% of products are either made in China or India, 8% elsewhere and probably 2% of what we buy is actually British! Look at the horse meat scandal, that's all thanks to supermarkets trying to save money that they didnt bother to check what they were buying! And they were buying from eastern europe. TBH I think the government need to set up that "evacuation" plan they had for Liverpool and apply it to Bradford, how many other city centres have had a great big gaping hole in them for almost a decade?! It will probably take another decade to get Bradford to what it was like a decade ago! As for the veil story article, how about we also ban hoodies, scarves, hats, caps, glasses, and all other items which can be used to partially or fully cover the head or face?! I mean it is of course due to security concerns....no? you just want to go after the garment which is associated with Islam, yeah that isnt racist of you, you are right of course no muslim would wear glasses, caps, hats, scarves or even a hoodie, no none of those kids hanging on street corners are mostly asian wearing those hoodies. Oh, what's that? YOU like wearing a hoodie so you dont want to ban it? Oh that makes perfect sense, it's not that you are being racist or discriminating, it's just that what you want makes you "look" like a racist and are discriminating. Yeah I love hypocrites, apply their own "reasoning" to something they like and all of a sudden they start crying, but still are adamant to apply it to something that they dont like. justjustice
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10:48am Sat 8 Mar 14

wobbley-bob says...

999 number of the beast wrote:
Does anyone buy cards these day? I thought most of the Hallmark staff were temporary contract staff and mostly migrants.
Hallmark should have done this years ago when Far East cost were cheaper but they gambled on the minimum wage not rising and energy prices.
As for Bradford it needs to shake this manufacturing image and that might help in reducing the number of migrants this city attracts.
As for Philip Davies I agree with his comment but he has played straight into the hands of UKIP.
That's true. The majority are agency workers....there's even a portacabin on the left of the entrance road where they all sign in/out. Most are Polish or of that type, as are the people who run the agency.
There's not many Bierley folk work there anymore since the agency took over quite a few years ago.
[quote][p][bold]999 number of the beast[/bold] wrote: Does anyone buy cards these day? I thought most of the Hallmark staff were temporary contract staff and mostly migrants. Hallmark should have done this years ago when Far East cost were cheaper but they gambled on the minimum wage not rising and energy prices. As for Bradford it needs to shake this manufacturing image and that might help in reducing the number of migrants this city attracts. As for Philip Davies I agree with his comment but he has played straight into the hands of UKIP.[/p][/quote]That's true. The majority are agency workers....there's even a portacabin on the left of the entrance road where they all sign in/out. Most are Polish or of that type, as are the people who run the agency. There's not many Bierley folk work there anymore since the agency took over quite a few years ago. wobbley-bob
  • Score: 1

7:52pm Mon 10 Mar 14

flogem says...

justjustice wrote:
"Buy British"? But that is there that is actually British? 90% of products are either made in China or India, 8% elsewhere and probably 2% of what we buy is actually British!

Look at the horse meat scandal, that's all thanks to supermarkets trying to save money that they didnt bother to check what they were buying! And they were buying from eastern europe.

TBH I think the government need to set up that "evacuation" plan they had for Liverpool and apply it to Bradford, how many other city centres have had a great big gaping hole in them for almost a decade?! It will probably take another decade to get Bradford to what it was like a decade ago!


As for the veil story article, how about we also ban hoodies, scarves, hats, caps, glasses, and all other items which can be used to partially or fully cover the head or face?! I mean it is of course due to security concerns....no? you just want to go after the garment which is associated with Islam, yeah that isnt racist of you, you are right of course no muslim would wear glasses, caps, hats, scarves or even a hoodie, no none of those kids hanging on street corners are mostly asian wearing those hoodies. Oh, what's that? YOU like wearing a hoodie so you dont want to ban it? Oh that makes perfect sense, it's not that you are being racist or discriminating, it's just that what you want makes you "look" like a racist and are discriminating.

Yeah I love hypocrites, apply their own "reasoning" to something they like and all of a sudden they start crying, but still are adamant to apply it to something that they dont like.
What a load of twaddle
[quote][p][bold]justjustice[/bold] wrote: "Buy British"? But that is there that is actually British? 90% of products are either made in China or India, 8% elsewhere and probably 2% of what we buy is actually British! Look at the horse meat scandal, that's all thanks to supermarkets trying to save money that they didnt bother to check what they were buying! And they were buying from eastern europe. TBH I think the government need to set up that "evacuation" plan they had for Liverpool and apply it to Bradford, how many other city centres have had a great big gaping hole in them for almost a decade?! It will probably take another decade to get Bradford to what it was like a decade ago! As for the veil story article, how about we also ban hoodies, scarves, hats, caps, glasses, and all other items which can be used to partially or fully cover the head or face?! I mean it is of course due to security concerns....no? you just want to go after the garment which is associated with Islam, yeah that isnt racist of you, you are right of course no muslim would wear glasses, caps, hats, scarves or even a hoodie, no none of those kids hanging on street corners are mostly asian wearing those hoodies. Oh, what's that? YOU like wearing a hoodie so you dont want to ban it? Oh that makes perfect sense, it's not that you are being racist or discriminating, it's just that what you want makes you "look" like a racist and are discriminating. Yeah I love hypocrites, apply their own "reasoning" to something they like and all of a sudden they start crying, but still are adamant to apply it to something that they dont like.[/p][/quote]What a load of twaddle flogem
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