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Staff left devastated before Christmas as Terex plant prepare to cut 50 jobs
The 400-strong workforce at the facility in Newhouse were told of the redundancies after being called into an emergency meeting by senior bosses.
Devastated staff at the major Lanarkshire employer have been informed of significant job losses just weeks before Christmas.
It’s understood that the 400-strong workforce at the Terex Trucks plant in Newhouse were told of 50 redundancies after being called into an emergency meeting by senior bosses.
Staff were told working hours and overtime would be cut while unions negotiate voluntary redundancy packages.
One devastated employee admitted the widespread desolation felt by staff had been worsened by the insensitive timing.
He said: “Many workers here have young families. I’m a dad myself and to be told that your job is at risk just weeks before Christmas is devastating.
“The fact we’re going to be going into the new year in this situation is just miserable.”
Last Christmas we reported a $160 million deal between Terex and Volvo Construction Equipment that appeared to secure the future of the plant.
But just 12 months on workers are left fearing that this latest news represents the beginning of the end for the Newhouse site, where the company have been operating for more than 30 years.
He continued: “A lot of the workers have also been hit with an overtime ban and reduced working hours. I’m going to be going from a five day week to a three-and-a-half day week.
“We were also meant to work up until Christmas Eve but they’ve changed that too so we’re now finishing up on December 19.
“A lot of us fear for the long-term future of this place as well as the immediate issue of our jobs.”
Terex Trucks confirmed that weak demand levels in the core mining and quarrying markets have prompted the redundancy programme.
They said that the redundancy programme is part of a series of cost-cutting measures being introduced at the Newhouse base, along with short-term working and a ban on overtime.
The company confirmed that they are set to embark on consultations with affected employees and negotiations with unions.
Paul Douglas, director and general manager at Terex Trucks, said: “The current business environment is disappointing but we are acting to minimise the impact on the business while at the same time protect competences.”