Forgemasters jobs threat to 34 workers

Pictured at Sheffield Forgemasters, where 34 jobs are to be lost.
Pictured at Sheffield Forgemasters, where 34 jobs are to be lost.
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DOZENS of workers face losing their jobs at Sheffield Forgemasters as the firm makes redundancies to ‘combat recessionary pressures’.

The firm yesterday confirmed the number of redundancies discussed with unions is 34.

It announced its intention to shed some posts across its business divisions in February and said that consultation is still underway.

One worker, who did not want to be named, told The Star: “We heard about the number after a meeting with the unions.

“They say it will be 34 across the area but we don’t know where from.

“Staff morale is really bad at the moment. We just don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Forgemasters, which specialises in forged and cast steel engineering products, employs 820 staff at its Brightside Lane site.

Sheffield and Brightside MP David Blunkett has previously voiced his concern at the jobs cut.

Graham Honeyman, chief executive at Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd, said: “Sheffield Forgemasters is to make a small number of jobs redundant across several of its business divisions.

“The redundancies will number less than five per cent of the workforce and are short-term precautionary measures to combat recessionary pressures and streamline our operations, preserving the majority of jobs and focusing firmly on the long term future.

“The company continues to place great value in investment into research and development, new skills and training through its award-winning apprenticeships scheme, investing in jobs for the future.”