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150 jobs under threat at Barnsley bearing factory

Unite union chiefs are calling for an urgent meeting with the management at the Koyo bearing plant in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, where up to 150 jobs are at risk.

Unite understands that the work will be transferred to one of the firm’s plants in Romania, following pressure from car makers who are demanding cheaper bearings for their vehicles.

If the plans go ahead, it will mean that half the production at the site could cease. It is expected that any job losses will hit all levels of staff, from the management down. The company employs about 360 workers.

This is terrible news for the workers, their families and the South Yorkshire economy.

“We understand that Koyo, which is Japanese-owned, is under pressure from car makers seeking cheaper bearings, hence the plans to move the production to Romania.

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_"The nature of the automotive sector is that the car giants dictate the prices that the company sells its products to them and the consequence of that is the loss of jobs at the Barnsley plant.

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_ “We want an urgent meeting with management to discuss the implications of the announcement that up to 150 employees could lose their jobs by December 2014."

– Richard Bedford, Unite regional officer

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