Jobs misery at Sheffield waste company

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A RECYCLING firm has axed almost half of its Sheffield workforce – blaming the UK’s economic downturn on job losses.

Waste company Viridor has made 30 employees redundant at its Salmon Pastures plant in Burngreave after launching a consultation period before Christmas.

The firm, which bought the former Parkwood Holdings from previous owner the Duke of Norfolk in 2002, confirmed it has reduced its team of 79 employees to 49 as part of a ‘restructuring’ process.

One former member of staff, who declined to be named, said he believed the move was down to better working deals long-held staff had struck under the Duke’s ownership.

But Viridor, which carries out materials recycling and secure product destruction at the site, disputed the claims and cited the financial climate as the reason for the restructure.

A Viridor spokeswoman said: “We are restructuring part of our operations at Salmon Pastures waste and recycling facility, in light of reduced tonnages from the UK’s economic slowdown.

“A reduction in operational hours and other essential efficiency initiatives across the site’s operations will help realign the business to the slower economy and to the highly competitive environment Viridor operates within.

“As a result of the restructure, 30 compulsory redundancies have been made at Salmon Pastures. Consultation and dialogue with employees is now complete and every effort was made to assist and redeploy employees through the process.”

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