300 jobs face axe at city factories
MORE than 60 people could lose their jobs at a Swansea factory as bosses look to cut a quarter of the workforce.
Workers at Morganite in Swansea Enterprise Park were reportedly asked to attend a meeting this week to be told the news.
Steve Chittock, general manager at the facility, which makes electric motor brushes, confirmed the factory was entering a consultation process to make 64 positions redundant.
It is believed the cuts will be in the armour, pantograph and carbon brushes departments.
The loss of an MoD contract and work being transferred overseas were the reasons for the cuts, according to staff.
One worker, who did not want to be named contacted the Post about the staff's job fears.
He said: "Obviously, there's a pretty bleak feeling there at the moment.
"Everybody is pretty worried.
"We've been told the 64 redundancies will be over a 12-month period.
"Twenty nine jobs will go immediately — within the second quarter of the year.
"Fourteen people have already taken voluntary redundancy and the others will be compulsory," he claimed.
He also told the Post the decision had been attributed to the economic downturn.
The worker, who does not work in the affected departments, said: "The company was expecting the MoD contract to be renewed, but it wasn't.
"There is hope it will be renewed at the end of 2011, or a new contract will be in place by then. We've also heard that some work will be going to Morganite factories in Hungary and Turkey.
"I think it must be because there's a cheaper workforce," he added.
Morganite exports its carbon products all over the globe, and is considered a world leader.
It is a part of the Morgan Crucible Company.
Mr Chittock added: "Morgan Carbon's Swansea operation has entered into a consultation period over a proposal to make up to 64 employees redundant.
"The company, which employs almost 250 staff at Swansea, understands this is a difficult time for all concerned and is creating alternative positions and seeking ways to help mitigate the total number of jobs affected."