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470 jobs to go across UK

Doosan Babcock to close Renfrew machining plant

doosan-babcockDoosan Babcock is to close its machining and assembly facility at Renfrew and axe 470 jobs across its UK plants.

The company said the majority of the positions affected are in management and back-office support services.

Doosan, which provides services to the energy, pharmaceutical and petrochemical sectors, said it foresees a “long-term downturn in certain market sectors which mean the current position is unsustainable”.

Other Doosan UK sites are in Newcastle, Cumbria, Yorkshire, the West Midlands, Bristol and Crawley.

Chief executive Andrew Hunt said: “Over the last year we have worked hard to rebalance the business, adapting to changing market dynamics and reacting to industry requirements for a low-carbon future.

“Unfortunately, we foresee long-term downturn in certain market sectors which mean the current position is unsustainable.

“It is with much regret that we now have to enter into the statutory consultation period on redundancies.

“This is particularly difficult for a company which places great importance on staff development and we will do our utmost to support our colleagues during this period of change.

“The continued long-term growth of the business across the UK and in strategic international markets remains a priority.

“We have made significant progress in transforming and future-proofing the business but this will only prove successful if we also reduce our cost base in parallel.

“Until the consultation period has concluded it would be inappropriate to provide further comment.”

Union officials criticised the company for making the announcement without giving details of where the cutbacks will take place.

Unite regional officer Alison MacLean said: “We are angered and dismayed that the company has started a consultation with virtually no notice to the union and without giving a clear breakdown of where it wants to make changes.

“Pushing ahead with this consultation at this time of this year is particularly distressing for our members.

“We will be seeking an early meeting with the company to get the information our members need and to ensure that their employment rights are fully protected.”


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