Unite has raised its fears over the continued decimation of manufacturing at Motherwell firm Terex, after plans to cut a further 44 jobs were confirmed by management.
The latest round of cuts which have been scheduled for next month follow 50 redundancies at the plant in December 2014 and mean an overall reduction in the workforce of over 50 per cent in the last five years - down to around 320 from a 2009/10 peak of 630 employees.
The future of the Lanarkshire operation which manufactures earth moving vehicles and equipment was considered secure following a buyout by Volvo Construction Equipment in 2013, worth a reported $160 million.
However, the ongoing cuts have raised fears again about the future of skilled manufacturing, with production increasingly offshored to Eastern Europe and Asia.
Unite Regional Officer Debbie Hutchings said: “These latest cuts are another hammer blow to the workforce and the local community, not to mention the wider Scottish manufacturing sector.
“Our members have worked with the company over the last five years to sustain livelihoods through tough economic times and often at great personal sacrifice, undertaking short-term working and wage restraint.
“However, instead of security they’ve been repaid with redundancy with the company increasingly focussing its manufacturing interests in both Poland and India.
“We are well aware of the challenges facing the firm’s global markets, specifically in mining, but we now need answers over whether the employer sees a long-term future for manufacturing in Motherwell.
“We have been working with local MSP Michael McMahon – a former Terex worker – and we are seeking Scottish Government intervention to help us secure decent jobs in an area which can ill-afford to lose them.”
For further information please Unite Regional Officer Debbie Hutchings on 07958 515326 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.