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Workington factory launches efficiency review

Bosses at Workington’s Iggesund factory last night dismissed claims that jobs are at risk because of an efficiency review.

Workers at the Siddick factory were told on Wednesday that a 15 to 18-month review was being launched.

In a statement to staff, Iggesund president Bjorn Kvick said: “We are active in a market that is subject to fierce competition and that is under immense cost pressure.

“High-quality products and high productivity are our competitive weapons, but we also need to constantly review our costs.”

Sources said staff had been told that jobs were set to be lost.

The paperboard mill’s head of HR, Jonny Lowe, said that was not the case.

He said: “We have been reviewing our costs every year for 10 years.

“Sometimes they result in job increase and sometimes they result in decreases.

“There has been nothing that’s been said that we are about to embark on a series of job losses.”

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Good point, however it will always be the shop floor that will be most heavily affected as it is the area with most staff to lose.

Posted by Krevlob on 2 November 2012 at 16:34

Whenever I hear the phrase ‘Efficiency Review’ it reminds me of other firms using skills matrix when looking at which workers could be let go of without effecting out put to a serious degree, but funny enough it was always the shop floor who would end up on the sharp end of the review with no managerial losses.

Posted by Bolverk on 2 November 2012 at 14:36

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