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100 JCB jobs saved in 'magnanimous act' by workers

Shop floor employees at JCB have voted to work shorter hours for the next three months to save the jobs of colleagues at risk of compulsory redundancy.

JCB transmissions plant in Wrexham Credit: ITV News

Three hundred workers at the Wrexham Transmissions plant will now work shorter hours in order to save colleagues from compulsory redundancy. Three weeks ago JCB announced 290 jobs were at risk of redundancy following a global downturn in the construction market.

In order to avoid compulsory redundancies, a flexible working pattern for shop floor employees was proposed from now until the end of February to save in excess of 100 jobs. GMB members voted in favour of the proposal after a ballot on Friday.

Our members are to be congratulated on the result of the ballot. It’s a magnanimous act which is in the spirit of the approaching festive season and means that over 100 people who were under threat of compulsory redundancy will now have a much happier Christmas.”

– Graeme Macdonald, JCB Chief Executive

JCB have confirmed there will be no compulsory redundancies.

'First ever' Christmas lights untangler employed

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A young woman has beaten more than 100 people chasing Britain's "first ever" job dedicated to untangling Christmas lights.

21 year-old Anya Mugridge landed the four-week seasonal job at a Tesco store in Wrexham, north Wales - by showing her nimble fingers to sort out a mess of festive wires.

She was chosen for her skills as special person to "relieve some of the stresses often associated with the Yuletide season, specifically, tangled tree lights".

Christmas is my favourite time of the year and at home it's always me that gets to put up the lights, so I've definitely got the right experience for the job.

Untangling Christmas tree lights can be frustrating but I find listening to music and having a cuppa gets me into the right frame of mind.

I'm really looking forward to helping people with one of the more tricky jobs this Christmas.

– Anya Mudridge, Untangler


Wrexham steel jobs saved in buy-out

A deal has been announced to sell part of a steel firm which went into administration, safeguarding 79 jobs in Wrexham.

Caparo Wire in Wrexham. Credit:

Auditors Pricewaterhouse Coopers said Caparo Wire which specialises in the manufacture of high-quality galvanised and engineering steel wire, has been sold to Rcapital.

The deal is the second announced by PwC after 76 jobs were saved last week when Caparo Testing Technologies was sold.

"The sale of Caparo Wire is another great result for the staff employed there and is the second deal to be completed, following the recent sale of Caparo Testing Technologies. We would like to thank all of the Caparo people involved for their dedicated support in securing this transaction.

Wrexham Council to test employees for drugs and alcohol

The council says the move will 'act as a deterrent.' Credit: Google Street View

Wrexham Council has made the decision to test its employees for drugs and alcohol from March 2016.

The council says the introduction of screening would give managers further measures to tackle drug and alcohol misuse in the workplace and 'act as a deterrent.'

It also says it will allow situations related to alcohol and substance misuse to be investigated more effectively.


JCB workers in Wrexham told of redundancy risk

The makers of JCBs in the UK says 290 jobs are at risk following a downturn in the market. One of its factories is at JCB Transmissions in Wrexham.

JCB Transmissions in Wrexham. Credit: ITV News

JCB says it has started consultations with shop floor workers over proposed redundancies following a "rapid deterioration in world construction equipment markets".

Discussions over the proposed redundancies have begun today with the GMB union and a 45 day consultation period has started.

The news follows an announcement in September that up to 400 UK staff positions were at risk of redundancy as a result of the economic situation.

This news is obviously very disappointing but it has been apparent now for some time that global markets have been declining. Our job as a trade union is to now work hard to formulate a plan to mitigate the impact of the proposed redundancies.”

– JCB GMB Works Convenor Gordon Richardson

Cardiff play out goalless draw against Ipswich

Cardiff sit two points outside the Championship play off places after picking up a point in a dull 0-0 draw away at Ipswich.

Cardiff City boss Rusell Slade. Credit: PA

Sammy Ameobi and Craig Noone had the best chances for Russell Slade's men, as the Bluebirds extended their unbeaten run to six games.

Elsewhere in the Football League Newport came from two goals down to draw at home with Northampton, with all four goals coming in the first half.

In the National League Wrexham triumphed 4-1 at home to Barrow.

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