Stoke & Staffordshire

Kongsberg to axe 138 jobs in Poland relocation

Scores of jobs are to be lost when a car components factory in Staffordshire moves production to Poland.

A spokesman for Kongsberg Automotive said 138 jobs would be axed but 38 would remain at the production site in Burton-on-Trent.

Union Unite, which represents members who are workers at the factory, said it was a "sad day" for the town.

The factory has produced car seat parts for the UK car industry in Burton-on-Trent for the last 50 years.

Hans Morland, director of corporate communications for Kongsberg Automotive, said: "Kongsberg Automotive will move most of our production of seat interior components from the facility in Burton to our facility in Pruszków, Poland.

"Unfortunately this will affect 138 of our employees in Burton.

"Some manufacturing functions will continue in Burton and this will involve approximately 15 production related employees."

'Direct threat'

He added a further 23 employees will stay on in Burton in various functions including sales and purchasing.

The company said workers would start to leave on 27 July with the transfer period set to end on 28 October.

Rick Coyle, Unite regional officer, said it was a "very sad day for Burton-on-Trent".

"This government is a direct threat to the living standards and security of the people of Burton-on-Trent," he said.

"The government must think again if it thinks weakening our already weak employment laws will help the people of this country."

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