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North Kent jobs axe shock

PUBLISHED: 09:13 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:15 23 August 2010

ONE of the country s leading pharmaceutical giants plans to axe hundreds of jobs as bosses revealed plans to close a massive site. On Tuesday GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that it is in consultation with staff from Dartford and Gravesend to close its s

ONE of the country's leading pharmaceutical giants plans to axe hundreds of jobs as bosses revealed plans to close a massive site.

On Tuesday GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that it is in consultation with staff from Dartford and Gravesend to close its site in Temple Hill, Dartford by 2013. Company bosses blamed the decision on a decline in demand for the sites two largest products - Lamictal, for epilepsy/bipolar disorder and Valtrex, for herpes. A consultation with staff representatives and union officials is underway with the entire work force of 620 jobs expected to be lost at the 120-year-old factory. Joe Foley, Site Director, said: "We deeply regret the impact this proposal would have on our employees and we commit to doing all we can to help them through this difficult period."

The decision followed a detailed review of the sites activities, where it was decided the facility should be closed over the next four years as production is transferred to other sites.

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