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22. January 2009

UK - More jobs go at Worcester car parts company

MORE than 30 jobs are being axed at a Worcester-based car parts company. The redundancies are being negotiated at Metal Castings in Droitwich Road, Worcester.The company, which also made 18 job cuts before Christmas, has blamed the worsening economic climate.

Staff were told about the latest risk to their jobs on Monday although company bosses say details of which posts are to go have yet to be finalised. The managing director of the company, Rob Murcott, said cuts involved 33 jobs - six of which would be voluntary redundancies.

The cuts will leave a staff of 169 employees. Most of the jobs to be lost involve staffing cover for the night shift. However, some night workers who will be kept on will be given the opportunity to complete day shift work. The company, which supplies car parts and engine components, has two centres in the West Midlands, one in Worcester and one in Tamworth. Mr Murcott said: “We are in the process of making some redundancies.

"Some losses will be required at the plant but it has been in full consultation with the trade union. The redundancies are to do with cutbacks in the automotive industry. "We have significant reduced demand for automotive customers.” Mr Murcott made it clear the company would carry on trading despite the challenging trading conditions.

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