A taskforce is to be set up to support an engine manufacturer in Stafford following the announcement of possible redundancies.
Stafford Borough Council is looking to put the taskforce together to help the town’s Perkins Engines which employs around 400 workers at its Tixall Road site in the town.
Perkins’ parent company, Caterpillar, announced it was starting a consultation process to consider ceasing some manufacturing processes and had opened a ‘voluntary severance programme’ for employees.
The task force is to include Borough Council Leader, Patrick Farrington, local MP, Theo Clarke, and senior officers from both councils - as well as other key partners. The group will look to work with the company to minimise the number of job losses and support workers who were at risk of redundancy.
Councillor Farrington said it would have been ‘devastating’ news for those employees, and their families, who will now fear losing their livelihood.
“Perkins are a major employer in Stafford. We have been in touch with them to offer support and expect to be meeting with key partners very soon so we can use the wide range of expertise and knowledge we have to support the workers and their families.
“We will also be aiming to minimise the number of redundancies, as well as trying to ensure we can keep skilled workers in employment and in our borough, and to assess any wider impact this may have on other local businesses, such as those who are suppliers to Perkins.”
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