RUMOURS of redundancies at Quinn Glass’s Elton factory have been refuted by the glass-producing giant.
With the Elton-based company entering a less busy time of year unfounded reports of mass redundancies were circulating around the Ash Road site.
Elton site director Chris Spray said: “Since commencing operations at Elton in 2005, 724 skilled manufacturing jobs have been created and the business has gone from strength to strength, now supplying 30% of the UK and Irish markets.
“The operation at Elton continues to work with the Irish factory, which is operating at full capacity and is expected to do so throughout 2011 and beyond.
“In order to maximise the efficiency of the operation during the seasonal drop in demand post Christmas, 38 of the Elton filling hall staff have been offered the choice of short-term lay-off or transfer to the glass-manufacturing side of the plant.
“All 38 employees will be redeployed within the glass plant if they so wish.
“At present only five members of staff at the Elton plant are on short-term contracts.”
Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller added: “Obviously any short-time working is regrettable but comes against the background of this factory going from strength to strength.
“We should try and ensure that the company has all tools at its disposal to prevent this happening again and maximising employment in the factory, that includes helping them with training programmes to ensure people are as flexible as possible to avoid this kind of disruption.”