Jobs to go at electronics firm

A company with bases in Basildon and Portsmouth has said it will need to cut up to 25 per cent of its staff.

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Cuts "ensure competitiveness"

Hampshire and Essex-based electronics firm SELEX Galileo says measures have been ongoing for several months to try to cope with a decrease in orders.

But the company said to ensure it remained competitive, it had been forced to announce a planned reduction in the workforce of up to 25 per cent at the Basildon and Portsmouth sites.

The company has begun collective consultation with elected employee representatives.

SELEX Galileo will be making every effort to avoid compulsory redundancies. Should they be necessary, they will not take place prior to March 2013 and outplacement support will be provided. The reduction in workforce will not affect the delivery of any programmes or contracts currently underway."

– Statement from SELEX Galileo

The company will also hold individual consultations with employees affected. Employees currently on training programmes, such as technical and business apprentices, industrial placements and graduates are not affected by the announcement.

Jobs at risk at electrical firm

Electronics firm SELEX Galileo has announced it will cut up to 25 per cent of the workforce at its sites in Basildon and Portsmouth.

The company employs 676 people across both sites, with 35 of those based at Portsmouth. It said it had faced "major challenges" throughout 2012.

Falling defence spending in the UK and internationally as well as long delays in forecasted programmes has lead to a reduction in the number of orders placed compared to those expected during 2012."

– Statement from SELEX Galileo

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