Redundancies are looming at a factory in Stowmarket where production is due to be scaled back.
Bosch employs more than 400 permanent staff and about 120 agency staff at its lawn and garden products plant in the town, where up to 45 redundancies are ‘likely’ to be made.
A Bosch spokeswoman said: “The planned reduction in production will require the current staffing structure to be adapted.
The first step would be the non renewal of contracts with agency workers. This will mitigate the effects of the changes on permanent employees.
“Regrettably it is likely, but not inevitable, that redundancies would need to be proposed amongst Bosch employees, albeit no redundancies have been proposed at present.”
She said it was unclear when and over what period the workforce would need to be reduced but, assuming it ‘becomes more flexible,’ up to 45 redundancies were likely.
She added: “Bosch is proposing to implement a number of measures to seek to avoid compulsory redundancies altogether or to reduce the numbers and is consulting with the recognised trade union and staff consultation forum about these. The measures include possible re-deployment, flexible working and voluntary redundancies.”
It is ‘not envisaged’ there will be more than 20 redundancies in any 90 day period but between five and 15 compulsory redundancies are ‘likely’ to be made before the end of the year.
This will come as another blow for the town following 2 Sisters Food Group’s announcement last week of its proposed closure of a factory in Haughley Business park and loss of more than 500 jobs.
Bosch said its intention was to ensure the long-term continuity of Stowmarket as ‘the heart and soul’ of its lawn and garden business unit.
“The plan is for Bosch to invest heavily in Stowmarket and for the site to be at the forefront of high value, high tech, lawn and garden products now and in the future,” said the spokeswoman.