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Workforce to be halved at Cumbernauld OKI facility

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:50 GMT on Friday, 26th April, 2013.
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CUMBERNAULD will see approximately 175 jobs shed after an announcement by Japanese electronics giants, OKI, which declared their plans to half its Cumbernauld workforce.

OKI announced the workforce slash today and said that the axe was down to planned restructuring.

In a crunch time decision, Scottish Finance secretary John Swinney visited the Cumbernauld factory, this morning, to hold talks with the plant’s management.

Commenting, a company spokeswoman said that the company recognised that the axe will be a “significant blow” for their staff and for the “local community in Cumbernauld.”

The spokeswoman said: “We are aware this will be a significant blow to our staff and to the local community in Cumbernauld and as we enter into a period of consultation, our priority is to support affected employees whilst we go through this difficult process therefore no further details can be provided at this time.”

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Commenting, Jamie Hepburn, SNP MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, said that the plans dealt a “serious blow” to the area’s employment. 

Mr Hepburn said: “This is a serious blow for employment in the area.

“My thoughts go out to every one of those affected and their families. This is news nobody wants to hear.
“I have attempted to make contact with the management at OKI Cumbernauld to discuss this matter and also hope to raise this in Parliament next week.”

The move today is likened to previous indications by the Japan headquartered company that they were to undertake global restructuring, with a report out today, signalling a workforce slash from 350 to around 175, from a 500 peak, after the firm took over the Burroughs site, in 1987.

Gregg McClymont, the Labour MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, said: “Everyone in Cumbernauld will be shocked by this news. It is important that everyone with an interest in OKI works together with them to find a solution which saves jobs.”

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