WORKERS at Fujitsu Telecommunications in Solihull were yesterday handed a savage pre-Christmas blow as the company announced 140 redundancies.
The news comes on top of a proposals in August this year for 1,200 redundancies in the UK amounting to 10 per cent of its UK workforce.
The Birmingham Business Park operation currently employs 530 staff although the company has said redundancies would be voluntary wherever possible. A 90 day consultation began on Wednesday with the staff.
On hearing the news Lorely Burt, MP for Solihull said : “Every redundancy is a tragedy to a family and it is especially sad coming just before Christmas. My heart goes out to all the workers and their families at this difficult time.”
”The staff themselves have been very cooperative and helped the company to adapt to the very difficult operating circumstances.”
“There are some positive signs for future business and the company has shown a mature attitude to sharing information with the staff. Although unwelcome, this will not come as a huge surprise.
A spokesperson for Fujitsu added: “Solihull-based Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Limited announced that it is undertaking a major review of its operational structure with immediate effect.
This has been necessitated by the ongoing challenges of the current economic climate and the resultant requirement for Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe to scale its operations in line with anticipated business volumes and mix.”
Fujitsu employs around 12,500 people in the UK, with main sites at Bracknell, Stevenage, Manchester, Crewe, Belfast, Staines, Basingstoke, Wakefield, Sheffield, Solihull, Slough, Lewes, Warrington, Cardiff, Bristol, Newcastle and London.