WORKERS at a Stafford engine-maker have been laid off as the company attempts to cut costs and ensure its long-time future in an uncertain global market.
Perkins Engines announced an agency workforce reduction of 131 people at its Tixall Road plant last week.
A spokesman for the company said: “Uncertainty in the global economy has had an impact on our customers’ businesses and consequently we are experiencing lower than anticipated production volumes.
“We are now taking steps to reduce costs in a variety of ways and position our business for sustainable success,” she said.
“These actions have been shared with our permanent employees and agency workers and will result in a reduced agency workforce at the Stafford site.”
She said the company regretted the action but that it was necessary and ultimately in the long-term business interests of the organisation.
“Our priority is to take the actions that position us for long-term success and profitable growth as well as ensure we are positively positioned for 2013 and beyond.”
Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy said he was “very concerned” by the news the company had been forced to make redundancies.
“I understand that these were caused by a drop in some of their foreign markets,” he said. “I sincerely hope that Perkins see an improvement in their markets so that they can take on more staff soon.”
Mr Lefroy said the first priority needed to be helping the workers who had lost their jobs to find new employment, adding that his office had contacted the recruitment agency that employed them to supply them with a list of all the vacancies they were currently aware of.
“We have offered any and all assistance that we can give to help those people affected by this decision.”
Only last year the firm created 60 new permanent jobs and a further 40 temporary positions as well as adding a third manufacturing production line to its Stafford site which it said at the time would ensure “a stronger future for our employees and help our customers maintain their competitiveness.”