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175 Cornish Factory Jobs Under Threat

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5:48am 11th September 2013
(Updated 5:48am 11th September 2013)

There are fears that around 170 jobs could go at a Cornish factory.

Workers at Pall in Redruth have told Pirate FM that part of the operation is moving to eastern Europe.

The aerospace and industrial company has not confirmed how many posts will be affected.

One worker told Pirate FM: "We had a big meeting in the canteen and were told 175 minimum would be laid off. They're going to try to find us jobs elsewhere if they can."

Another said the mood was sombre: "There are guys who have been here ten years, twenty years, thirty years. It's a hard pill to swallow.

"Some guys have newborn babies and then, at the other end, you've got people just about ready to retire. You've got lots of people who just don't know what to do with themselves.

"The boss was like, 'Right, we've got to get our heads down now and get on with it' but - what for?"

MD Huw Chapman has released this statement: "Pall plans to establish a new Industrial manufacturing hub based in Slovakia. The facility is expected to open in the calendar year 2014.

"Opening of the new facility is expected to have minimal impact on staffing levels at our manufacturing plants in Portsmouth, Ilfracombe, and Newquay. However, we will be transferring the majority of our Industrial manufacturing operations from our Redruth site to the new Slovakian location. Aerospace operations at the Redruth facility will remain.

"The move is part of our continued effort to ensure we are appropriately structured to deliver high-quality products and superior service to our customers worldwide. This includes developing dedicated centres that improve the effectiveness of our operations and make it easier for customers to do business with Pall. The company recently opened a new state-of-the-art Life Sciences Centre of Excellence at its new Harbourgate site in Portsmouth, creating an important Life Sciences hub for Pall.

"Staff for the Redruth Industrial business have been advised that their area will be impacted by the transfer. We are announcing this transfer of activity as early as possible to maximise our opportunity to find alternative roles for our valued employees.

"At this time we do not have any further comment."

Redruth's mining history has been built on a bedrock of engineering.

George Eddowes represents the town on Cornwall Council. He said: "It's a devastating piece of news for Redruth - one of the poorest parts of the county. We can ill afford to lose such quality, high paid jobs especially in this area.

"It seems strange the jobs are being lost here in Redruth and none at the other factories in Ilfracombe, St Columb or Portsmouth."

5:48am 11th September 2013

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