United Biscuits has today (17 April) slammed “inaccurate” trade union claims over the future of jobs at a site in Liverpool.

Workers at the Binns Road facility have started a petition to drum up opposition to rumours that the McVitie’s maker intends to move 170 jobs to India.

UK trade union Unite said workers at the Binns Road site face an “uncertain future” while the business mulls proposals to transfer jobs abroad.

Tomorrow (18 April), workers from the facility will head to Liverpool city centre to encourage public support for the petition.

Unite regional officer Debbie Brannan, said: “United Biscuits is owned by private equity firms Blackstone and PIA whose only motive is profit. It is the hard-working staff who have made this company profitable and they deserve to be treated a lot better than this.”

However, a United Biscuits spokesperson said the union was giving out “inaccurate information” to the Binns Road employees. The company, the spokesperson added, is recruiting for “a number of roles” at the site.

“In fact, UB has created over 100 roles in Liverpool in the last 12 months and has invested millions of pounds to improve and maintain our local presence,” the spokesperson told just-food.