Wrightbus announces 125 job losses – including 35 redundancies – at Ballymena site – ITV News

Bus producer Wrightbus has introduced 125 job losses – together with 35 redundancies – in a transfer the corporate says is ‘important to safe a stronger future’.

90 company workers are to be launched on a phased foundation.

Bosses say the transfer is in response to financial decelerate from the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Govt Buta Atwal mentioned the choice had been ‘robust’ however the job losses wouldn’t alter the long-term imaginative and prescient of prosperity for the corporate.

Mr Atwal and proprietor Jo Bamford took over Wrightbus final yr after saving it from the brink of collapse.

Mr Atwal says on the time of the takeover, 50 workers have been employed which they then have been in a position to enhance to 700.

He added the choice wanted to be taken to see the corporate by way of to the tip of the yr.

…we hope to be ready to re-hire a few of those that have been made redundant.

– Buta Atwal, Wrightbus Chief Govt

“All through the Covid-19 pandemic, whereas we furloughed a big part of the workforce, we additionally stored about 100 engineers, designers and gross sales workers working to ensure we will take future orders of buses and work on long-term initiatives, which can present safety and stability for Wrightbus within the coming years,” mentioned Mr Atwal.

He added that the Wrightbus manufacturing facility has created the world’s first hydrogen-electric double-decker bus, which emits solely water with orders anticipated to return in throughout the coming years.

There are already sturdy gross sales for the supply of buses in London and Aberdeen this yr, based on the Chief Govt.

Mr Atwal mentioned: “We see the longer term in zero-emission hydrogen and battery-electric transport and have positioned the enterprise accordingly. Our imaginative and prescient is to have 1,000 folks working for us by the tip of 2021 and we hope to be ready to re-hire a few of those that have been made redundant.

Unite the Union mentioned the plans have been ‘regrettable’.

The union’s Regional Officer, George Brash mentioned: “Each job misplaced is a heavy blow for the person involved, their family, the broader group and economic system – particularly within the face of the present Covid-19 pandemic.

“Forward of this announcement being made, I spoke to senior administration to name on them to utilise the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme to guard jobs and retain expert staff; the prospect of staff being thrown onto the dole queues right now is unacceptable.

He added Unite will press for the corporate to avail of the present furlough scheme through the a 30-day session interval.

“As an alternative of lowering employment, we have to ramp up manufacturing of hydrogen-buses to curb greenhouse gasoline emissions and transition to a extra environmentally-sustainable economic system,” he mentioned.

“The Wrightbus workforce is completely positioned to make a significant contribution to that; they’ve the abilities to construct the buses on the coronary heart of any future inexperienced transport coverage.

“The request for furlough shall be high of Unite’s agenda within the session course of. Having performed a lead function in securing the switch of Wrightbus, which confronted liquidation, to the Bamford group we’re decided to deliver as many roles as attainable to Ballymena because of this.”

Session with affected staff is to start on Monday.

The corporate says it’s going to help those that have been made redundant, nearly if essential resulting from present authorities tips.

News Reporter

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