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Jobs to be axed at port

PUBLISHED: 13:24 30 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

DOZENS of jobs are to be axed at the Port of Felixstowe, with the company blaming the global recession for the redundancies.

According to the port's owners, Hutchinson Ports, the cuts will impact entirely on the managerial, supervisory and administrative areas of the company, where "in excess" of 50 workers will lose their jobs.

DOZENS of jobs are to be axed at the Port of Felixstowe, with the company blaming the global recession for the redundancies.

According to the port's owners, Hutchinson Ports, the cuts will impact entirely on the managerial, supervisory and administrative areas of the company, where "in excess" of 50 workers will lose their jobs.

While there are no plans to reduce quayside operational jobs at present, the company is clearly not ruling out this possibility at some future date.

Chris Gray, chief executive, said: "The decision to make redundancies is never easy, but we feel that these changes are in the best interests of the company."

Mr Gray said it was no secret that the container shipping business was going through a difficult time. However, the company was "well-placed" to survive the downturn in trade and would work to defend its market share.

The company, which has a total workforce at Felixstowe of about 2,600, is cutting costs "to secure a long-term competitive advantage" and was actively pursuing an outsourcing strategy for its central service functions, he added.

In a bid to minimise the impact of the job cuts, Hutchinson Ports is calling for applications for redundancy and early retirement from people within the affected departments.

The company said it was continuing to consult fully with staff and their trade union and would be providing a full employee support package for workers who do lose their jobs.

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