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65 Job Losses At Motherwell Truck Manufacturer

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Long-Standing Motherwell Truck Manufacturer To Shed A Further 65 Jobs

Terex cuts mean more manufacturing misery for Lanarkshire and the Scottish economy

GMB Scotland has raised fears for the future of manufacturing at Motherwell firm Terex after 65 redundancies were announced this morning (Thursday 16 June).

The latest round of cuts, subject to a statutory forty-five day consultation, mark the on-going decline of the truck manufacturer, having shed over 50 per cent of its workforce from its 2009-10 peak of 630 employees.

Terex management blamed fierce competition and a downturn in global demand, particularly from the Chinese market, for their articulated and rigid dump trucks which serve industries like construction and mining.

Joint trade unions are scheduled to meet management early next week where they expect to be told that fifty-five jobs in the manufacturing division and ten administrative posts will go.

Alan Ritchie, GMB Scotland Organiser, said: “These latest cuts mean more manufacturing misery for Lanarkshire and the Scottish economy, coming less than twenty-four hours after grim growth forecasts and the threat of a Scottish recession.

Generations of Terex workers have delivered over 80 years of world-class manufacturing here in Motherwell but as we’ve seen at the likes of Tannoy in Coatbridge, a proud history counts for absolutely nothing.

Let’s be clear that Scottish manufacturing is in total free-fall and our slide towards a low-skill, low-wage economy gathers apace without any meaningful intervention from the Scottish or UK governments.

The only way we can begin to address this manufacturing crisis is by bringing forward a meaningful industrial strategy that can help steer our economy back towards growth but government is fiddling while Rome burns.

GMB Scotland will do everything we possibly can to protect the interests of our members in Terex but we cannot keep hoping for sticking plaster interventions at the point of every jobs crisis.”

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Contact: GMB Scotland Organiser Alan Ritchie on 07813 541791 or Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications, on 07976 447077.

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