Joint statement on factory redundancies

LEADERFLUSH Shapland issued a further statement this morning on its consultation with union representatives over redundancies at its Barnstaple factory. The statement, published here in full, is signed by managing director Todd Altman, site director Robe

LEADERFLUSH Shapland issued a further statement this morning on its consultation with union representatives over redundancies at its Barnstaple factory.The statement, published here in full, is signed by managing director Todd Altman, site director Robert Llewellyn and employee representatives Bruce Webber and Paul Parkin."Following yesterday's announcement and consultation with the GMB Trade Union representatives, a further meeting has been held this morning to consult on the proposals."Yesterday the Union representatives put forward the idea that the proposed number of roles to be made redundant could be reduced if the manufacture of high complexity special products was retained in Barnstaple. This suggestion is being evaluated by the management team positively and it is believed that this would reduce the number of roles made redundant by approximately 25."For clarity this would mean that 160 roles out of the 293 total number of employees would be at risk of redundancy."The media has reported that the Barnstaple site will be closing in May. Please note this is not true. We entered a 90 day consultation period on 31st March 2009. The current updated proposals would leave 133 positions working on the Barnstaple site. The consultation process will continue with a meeting planned next week."The business will also appoint an additional representative for the Admin and Office section to accompany the current full time Trade Union members for the remaining period of consultation. "The Union Representatives have submitted further considerations for review during the meeting earlier this morning. This includes proposed working patterns, the effect on banked hours and personal detail relating to any potential compensation award, pension benefits and share save options. A Question and Answer paper will be distributed later today and individual statements will be available on Wednesday 8th April 2009.


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