Up to 150 jobs to go at Alstom in Rugby

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ONE of Rugby’s biggest employers plans to cut more than a tenth of its workforce as the economy struggles to recover from its slump.

Up to 150 workers at Alstom in Newbold Road could lose their jobs as part of a global review of the business’s operations.

The engineering firm employs 1,000 people at the Rugby site, 150 of whom could be at risk of redundancy.

The company is blaming the cutbacks on a fall in demand for its products, which are used to generate energy.

Spokesman Deborah Risby said: “We’re doing everything we can to help and support anyone affected by this.”

She added that it is unclear at the moment exactly how many people will be made redundant because employees may leave or retire during the 90-day consultation period.

Employees could be offered suitable positions elsewhere in the company, which employs 93,000 people worldwide.

During a visit to Warwickshire College in Rugby last month, an Alstom representative said the company was committed to “developing local talent” and claimed the business “valued” its staff.

But the statement was ridiculed by a disgruntled employee, who said: “Isn’t it a bit late for all of this now? Valued Alstom employees? They failed to mention that over half the employees in certain departments are facing imminent redundancy during the Alstom restructure.”

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey said he was “very saddened” by the news, adding: “All job losses represent a difficult situation for the families involved. I have made contact with the company in order to offer any help I can.”