GMB Consultations On 290 Redundancies At JCB As Market Decline Continues
Our job as a trade union is to now work hard to formulate a plan to mitigate the impact of the proposed redundancies says GMB.
GMB, the union for staff at JCB, has started a 45 day consultations with the company over 290 proposed redundancies.
The reason for the possible job losses is that a rapid deterioration in world construction equipment markets continues. The slowdown, which started in the summer, has resulted in a big fall in machine orders from customers.
The news follows an announcement in September that up to 400 UK staff positions were at risk of redundancy as a result of the economic situation. Consultations over those redundancies continue.
In the first six months of the year, the market in Russia has dropped by 70%, Brazil by 36% and China by 47%. Parts of Europe are also struggling, with France down by 26%. Even the strong growth in the UK and North America has softened due to a fall in market confidence over the summer, which has been prompted to an extent by low oil and commodity prices in countries which depend on these resources to drive economic growth.
Gordon Richardson, GMB Works Convenor for JCB, said: “This news is obviously very disappointing but it has been apparent now for some time that global markets have been declining.
Our job as a trade union is to now work hard to formulate a plan to mitigate the impact of the proposed redundancies.”
Graeme Macdonald, JCB CEO, said: “Manufacturers in the construction equipment industry are currently facing very tough trading conditions and we have to react to the current market reality to protect the long-term future of the business. Regrettably this means taking the very difficult decision to reduce the number of shop floor positions by up to 290 across the UK. As the global economy shows no sign of improving, the short-term outlook remains very challenging.”
Contact: GMB Keith Hodgkinson 07809 770121 or Chris Humphreys on 07957 266864 or Gordon Richardson on 01889 593 476 or GMB press office 07921 289880.
For further information contact: Nigel Chell JCB Press Office on 01889 590312