Factory jobs to be lost

ABOUT 20 jobs are set to go at one of the largest manufacturing plants in Ipswich.Cranes is closing the night shift at its foundry in Nacton Road leading to the job losses which are expected to be implemented next month.

By Paul Geater

ABOUT 20 jobs are set to go at one of the largest manufacturing plants in Ipswich.

Cranes is closing the night shift at its foundry in Nacton Road leading to the job losses which are expected to be implemented next month.

At present 50 people are employed on the night shift, but company managing director Peter Wilson said it was hoped most would move to other jobs in the plant.

He said: “Because the way we operate is changing, we no longer need a night shift and we are actually expanding our day shift to some extent.

“There will be about 20 redundancies but we have done all we can to keep these to a minimum.”

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The company was currently going through the statutory consultation process with staff and union representatives.

Mr Wilson said a change in market conditions had led to the closure of the night shift which was not designed as a temporary move.

He said: “You can never predict what will happen in the very long term, but this is happening for the benefit of the business and it is not a temporary closure.”

Manufacturing union Amicus is in discussions with the company on behalf of its members who are employed by Cranes.

One worker, who asked not to be named, said: “This news has come as a shock to us. There are a lot of people at the factory now very worried about their jobs.”

A spokesman for Amicus said: “We are disappointed that there are redundancies at Cranes but we are working with the company to reduce these by as many as possible and hopefully we will be doing that over the next couple of weeks.”

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