South Yorkshire job cuts fear at regional highways firm

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MORE than 150 jobs are at risk at a highways firm responsible for maintaining major roads in South Yorkshire.

A-one+ Integrated Highway Services has depots in Sheffield, Barnsley, and Doncaster, and manages motorways and trunk roads across the county.

GMB union representative Pat Hardy confirmed that 154 redundancies had been proposed across the company’s Area 12 division, which covers Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

Mr Hardy said 75 blue-collar operatives faced losing their jobs, as well as 49 workers at management level.

He said the job losses were because of Government budget cutbacks at the Highways Agency, of which A-one+ is a contractor.

Mr Hardy added a further 30 redundancies were possible due to a planned restructure at the firm, and that he would ballot GMB members for industrial action.

The company deals with incidents on the roads, keeps them maintained and clears snow in wintry weather.

An A-one+ operative, who didn’t want to be named, told The Star he was concerned for motorists’ safety if the redundancies went ahead.

“Come the winter time, when the snow comes again, I don’t know where they’re going to get the workforce from,” he added.

“They’re taking a lot of workers off the road. It’s a big safety worry for us.”

But Mr Hardy said: “The company have looked at this and said it’s not going to cause them any issues.

“I will be balloting my membership simply on the 30 redundancies, which I think are mismanagement.”

A-one+ were unable to provide a comment.