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Further job cuts at Terex truck firm in Motherwell

Terex plant Image copyright Google
Image caption At its peak the company employed 630 employees

A dumper truck manufacturer has announced a further 65 redundancies at its North Lanarkshire base.

The job cuts are the latest to hit the workforce in Motherwell, which has more than halved since a peak of 630 employees in 2009/10.

Management at Terex Trucks blamed market conditions and a downturn in global demand.

The company produces articulated and rigid trucks which serve industries such as construction and mining.

In the latest round of cuts, subject to a statutory consultation period, 55 jobs on the shop floor will go, along with 10 administrative positions, leaving a staff of 300.

Image caption The firm started producing trucks in Motherwell in 1950

The firm started producing trucks in Motherwell in 1950 and was acquired by Volvo in 2014.

GMB Scotland organiser Alan Ritchie said: "These latest cuts mean more manufacturing misery for Lanarkshire and the Scottish economy, coming less than 24 hours after grim growth forecasts and the threat of a Scottish recession.

"Generations of Terex workers have delivered decades of world-class manufacturing here in Motherwell but, as we've seen at the likes of Tannoy in Coatbridge, a proud history counts for absolutely nothing.

"Let's be clear that Scottish manufacturing is in total freefall and our slide towards a low-skill, low-wage economy gathers apace without any meaningful intervention from the Scottish or UK governments."

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