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More jobs to go at Brintons

brintons1870Brintons is set to undergo the second round of job cuts since its takeover by Carlyle Group last September. Most of the redundancies are expected to be at Kidderminster, and a trade union says it is a result of the plant being given the most complicated orders.

150 jobs are likely to go from the firm's global workforce of 1,700, including 630 in the UK. 75 Kidderminster jobs were lost in October.

'We have made good progress in turning round the business over the last five months and have now announced further steps we are taking to secure the long-term future of this historic brand in its current locations,' says a Brintons spokesman.

'A necessary part of these plans, however, is the launching of a consultation process to consider proposals for 150 redundancies across the business globally. These steps are regrettable but necessary in order to maintain the company's traditionally strong position in the market and enable it to compete effectively in the future.

'That means growth and investment in some areas and reducing jobs in some of the others. Although it does seem like a huge number of jobs, there's still going to be manufacturing going forward in Kidderminster. '

Gavin Miller, Community Union regional campaign manager says staff at Kidderminster are dealing with the most complicated orders and that made production there look expensive than production in Portugal, India and China. 'Our argument is give Kidderminster a chance. At the moment they're doing all the difficult work and getting none of the benefits.

'The Brintons' workforce is really proud to work for that company. It's really sad to see how they're being treated. It's terrible when you've got a workforce that is so proud to work where they're working. It's really, really sad for Kidderminster.'

Image: Bewdley Museum, Brintons' mill in c1870