Work­ers face tough time as talks start over plans to shut com­pany premises

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Paul Grin­nell paul.grin­ Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

About 50 jobs are at risk at a Peter­bor­ough man­u­fac­tur­ing site which has been ear­marked for clo­sure.

Bosses at Glas­so­lu­tions have be­gun a con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise with staff over plans to close its Fen­gate site, which has been in op­er­a­tion for five years.

It is thought about 55 jobs are at risk al­though man­agers say they aim to keep any re­dun­dan­cies to a min­im­ium by mov­ing staff to other sites.

Glass­so­lu­tions, part of the £120 mil­lion turnover Sain­tGobain Build­ing Glass, sup­plies spe­cial­ist ar­chi­tec­tural and struc­tural glass for com­mer­cial and do­mes­tic uses. The busi­ness em­ploys 1,100 peo­ple across 22 lo­ca­tions from Aberdeen to the Isle of Wight.

A spokes­woman for Glas­so­lu­tions said: “The Peter­bor­ough site has been op­er­at­ing as a com­mer­cial sealed unit man­u­fac­turer since 2012.

“Due to in­creased com­pe­ti­tion in the market, we’ve an­nounced our in­ten­tion to be­gin a con­sul­ta­tion process on the fu­ture of the site.

“We are sup­port­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with em­ploy­ees at the site as we go through the con­sul­ta­tion process.

“We are also work­ing closely with in­di­vid­u­als and unions who may be af­fected by the con­sul­ta­tion process, sup­port­ing those con­cerned in any way we can.

“Our aim would al­ways be to min­imise the amount of any changes to the fu­ture of the site and, if re­dun­dan­cies do oc­cur, to try to re­tain as many col­leagues as pos­si­ble within the group.”

John Bridge, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Peter­bor­ough Cham­ber of Com­merce, said: “These sit­u­a­tions are al­ways a chal­lenge for all in­volved and evey­one wishes they didn’t hap­pen.

“The Peter­bor­ough econ­omy is vi­brant and lot of companies are cre­at­ing jobs and new op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple.”

A num­ber of firms have an­nounced plans to move jobs out of Peter­bor­ough. These in­clude man­u­fac­turer Redring Xpelair, which is to close its Peter­bor­ough site with the loss of 150 jobs, and fi­nance companies Trav­elex, of Thorpe Wood, which is mov­ing 75 jobs to India and West­ern Union Busi­ness So­lu­tions which has moved 50 jobs to Lithua­nia.

The clo­sure-threat­ened Glas­so­lu­tions premises in Peter­bor­ough.

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