ARGUS COMMENT: Job losses a blow to Newport

First published in Gwent news

IT IS DISAPPOINTING to be reporting once again on the potential for major job losses in Newport.

In the wake of the recent earth-shattering Avana Bakeries’ announcement, we now hear that Orb Electrical Steels says that up to 120 workers there could be at risk of losing their jobs.

It seems that demand for Tata steel products has fallen off to such an extent that the company has little option but to let staff go, which is devastating for a workforce which has deemed to have been very flexible in recent years.

This is a terrible blow for all concerned.

And our first thoughts are with the workers and their families who are just beginning to digest the news.

Once again here is a company with a long and proud history of being based in Newport facing having to make impossibly tough decisions.

The one glimmer of hope for Orb is that owners Tata Steel say that if it acts now it is hoped that the116-year-old plant, which currently employs 400 people, can be saved.

That is not much comfort for those who are about to lose their jobs.

However, it does mean that in the future if demand picks up again the company may well be in a stronger position.

It is also of course another major hit for the local economy which will undoubtedly be affected by the loss of so many jobs in one go.

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1:55pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Bobevans says...

500 ex-civil service jobs 'to go', PCS union warns

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-wales-26439
737


145 Cardiff staff lose jobs at Macob

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-wales-north
-west-wales-26451690
500 ex-civil service jobs 'to go', PCS union warns http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-26439 737 145 Cardiff staff lose jobs at Macob http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-north -west-wales-26451690 Bobevans
  • Score: 4

1:58pm Wed 5 Mar 14

KarloMarko says...

You might also want to seriously look at the 100 plus civil service/DWP jobs alarmingly now being lost in Cardiff after they were outsourced to a French IT company which is now off- shoring them.

This is part of Central Government policy and on-going so could potentially have a huge impact on Newport's TTW white collar base. A tragedy for them and it rips the demand out of the local economy.

"Hell and a Handcart" comes to mind.
You might also want to seriously look at the 100 plus civil service/DWP jobs alarmingly now being lost in Cardiff after they were outsourced to a French IT company which is now off- shoring them. This is part of Central Government policy and on-going so could potentially have a huge impact on Newport's TTW white collar base. A tragedy for them and it rips the demand out of the local economy. "Hell and a Handcart" comes to mind. KarloMarko
  • Score: 7

2:07pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Watery Bob says...

You fail to report that Atlas-Elektronik in Newport is closing mid-year, bringing to an end about 70 years of cable manufacturing in Newport. AEUK is the last in a long line of companies that has been in charge since the early 90s when the its site at Queensway Meadows was built with WDA assistance in order to transfer the manufacture of defence cables from Pirelli (formerly STC) at Wednesbury Street. Cable manufacture in Newport began at Wednesbury Street after WWII.
You fail to report that Atlas-Elektronik in Newport is closing mid-year, bringing to an end about 70 years of cable manufacturing in Newport. AEUK is the last in a long line of companies that has been in charge since the early 90s when the its site at Queensway Meadows was built with WDA assistance in order to transfer the manufacture of defence cables from Pirelli (formerly STC) at Wednesbury Street. Cable manufacture in Newport began at Wednesbury Street after WWII. Watery Bob
  • Score: 7

2:54pm Wed 5 Mar 14

ncfcr says...

Any article which manages to squeeze the words 'blow' and 'jobs' into a 6 word headline deserves very high praise indeed.
Any article which manages to squeeze the words 'blow' and 'jobs' into a 6 word headline deserves very high praise indeed. ncfcr
  • Score: -1

3:30pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Mr Angry says...

Bobevans wrote:
500 ex-civil service jobs 'to go', PCS union warns http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-26439 737 145 Cardiff staff lose jobs at Macob http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-north -west-wales-26451690
I bet you're excited Bob, biggest thrill you've had in years
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: 500 ex-civil service jobs 'to go', PCS union warns http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-26439 737 145 Cardiff staff lose jobs at Macob http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-north -west-wales-26451690[/p][/quote]I bet you're excited Bob, biggest thrill you've had in years Mr Angry
  • Score: -4

7:23pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Magor says...

WAG needs to get a grip with all these job cuts and no new ones to replace them.I was speaking to one of my suppliers the other week who covers the south west of England and Wales and he said things are busy in England but in Wales it is dead and more firms are planning to move out of Wales to England,something is wrong.
WAG needs to get a grip with all these job cuts and no new ones to replace them.I was speaking to one of my suppliers the other week who covers the south west of England and Wales and he said things are busy in England but in Wales it is dead and more firms are planning to move out of Wales to England,something is wrong. Magor
  • Score: 8

7:31pm Wed 5 Mar 14

scraptheWAG says...

Magor wrote:
WAG needs to get a grip with all these job cuts and no new ones to replace them.I was speaking to one of my suppliers the other week who covers the south west of England and Wales and he said things are busy in England but in Wales it is dead and more firms are planning to move out of Wales to England,something is wrong.
would you start a business up in wales the next step will be forcing all private businesses to print all their documents in welsh.
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: WAG needs to get a grip with all these job cuts and no new ones to replace them.I was speaking to one of my suppliers the other week who covers the south west of England and Wales and he said things are busy in England but in Wales it is dead and more firms are planning to move out of Wales to England,something is wrong.[/p][/quote]would you start a business up in wales the next step will be forcing all private businesses to print all their documents in welsh. scraptheWAG
  • Score: 1

8:34pm Wed 5 Mar 14

welshmen says...

An other Foreign company getting rid of British workers, one day this Country will wake up and start the second British Industrial Revolution....www.bn
p.org.uk
An other Foreign company getting rid of British workers, one day this Country will wake up and start the second British Industrial Revolution....www.bn p.org.uk welshmen
  • Score: -1

8:54pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Jonnytrouble says...

I can see less money to spend once again ?, going to be very interesting to see how well the shops will do in Newport city once the new development has finished. But me thinks the one's that will be Ok are the Charity shops ?
I can see less money to spend once again ?, going to be very interesting to see how well the shops will do in Newport city once the new development has finished. But me thinks the one's that will be Ok are the Charity shops ? Jonnytrouble
  • Score: -1

9:39pm Wed 5 Mar 14

ngtarr says...

the number of people out of work, training and training is falling in the uk as a whol. the problem is that whils englang is getting more and more jobs, wales is losing more and more jobs. the welsh assembly can change that, but the best way of getting jobs back is to get rid of the labour administration
the number of people out of work, training and training is falling in the uk as a whol. the problem is that whils englang is getting more and more jobs, wales is losing more and more jobs. the welsh assembly can change that, but the best way of getting jobs back is to get rid of the labour administration ngtarr
  • Score: 1

9:18am Thu 6 Mar 14

Llanmartinangel says...

KarloMarko wrote:
You might also want to seriously look at the 100 plus civil service/DWP jobs alarmingly now being lost in Cardiff after they were outsourced to a French IT company which is now off- shoring them.

This is part of Central Government policy and on-going so could potentially have a huge impact on Newport's TTW white collar base. A tragedy for them and it rips the demand out of the local economy.

"Hell and a Handcart" comes to mind.
Yeah but WAG took another 400 on recently to bolster the Labour and Plaid guaranteed votes.
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-wales-polit
ics-25849068

I wonder how many more they'll take on to replace the civil servants about to go from the DVLA when road fund licence becomes fully automated shortly.
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: You might also want to seriously look at the 100 plus civil service/DWP jobs alarmingly now being lost in Cardiff after they were outsourced to a French IT company which is now off- shoring them. This is part of Central Government policy and on-going so could potentially have a huge impact on Newport's TTW white collar base. A tragedy for them and it rips the demand out of the local economy. "Hell and a Handcart" comes to mind.[/p][/quote]Yeah but WAG took another 400 on recently to bolster the Labour and Plaid guaranteed votes. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-polit ics-25849068 I wonder how many more they'll take on to replace the civil servants about to go from the DVLA when road fund licence becomes fully automated shortly. Llanmartinangel
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10:02pm Thu 6 Mar 14

no cheese says...

Outsourcing jobs seems to be the answer to all company problems. That is until it bites them in butt. Eventually it will and someone from the government will say oh when did all that happen. Newport is in bits no future for our younger generation. Yet they build more and more houses and expect people will buy them even though most people that went into a job for life don't even know if they will get 5 years out of somewhere. Agency companies dont help the economy either as they take jobs and pay minimum wage. Companies know that they can save money by dropping people at the drop of a hat. Its disgusting and the government wonder why so many people are on benefits. It seems to be the working people that get hit and the only source of a regular income is to go on the social. Another thing is a white collar review is a laugh as its always the workers that get hit not the management making the wrong decisions.
Outsourcing jobs seems to be the answer to all company problems. That is until it bites them in butt. Eventually it will and someone from the government will say oh when did all that happen. Newport is in bits no future for our younger generation. Yet they build more and more houses and expect people will buy them even though most people that went into a job for life don't even know if they will get 5 years out of somewhere. Agency companies dont help the economy either as they take jobs and pay minimum wage. Companies know that they can save money by dropping people at the drop of a hat. Its disgusting and the government wonder why so many people are on benefits. It seems to be the working people that get hit and the only source of a regular income is to go on the social. Another thing is a white collar review is a laugh as its always the workers that get hit not the management making the wrong decisions. no cheese
  • Score: 0

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