STAFF at one of Northwich's biggest employers may lose their jobs in a company restructuring programme.
Weaver Vale Housing Trust, which has its headquarters at Gadbrook Park, Rudheath, has notified managerial staff in the maintenance and repairs services department that they could face redundancy because of the changes - though the number is expected to be minimal.
HR manager Marianne Richards said: 'At the moment we are proposing to reorganise the maintenance and repairs services department in response to both tenant and staff feedback to improve the service to our customers and streamline speedy and efficient repairs.
'The team responsible for delivering the Trust's improvement and modernisation programme has already been reorganised to meet the future demands of the business and so will be unaffected by the current restructure proposals.
'There are 19 new posts being created and 12 posts will be dis-established. Everyone will have the opportunity to apply for the new jobs. Until all the existing employees have been given the opportunity to apply for the new jobs, the possibility of some job losses cannot be ruled out.
'However, there is an agreement with trade unions to achieve such business changes by voluntary redundancies and redeployment or retraining opportunities, wherever possible.'
The new positions concentrate on improving front line services and include senior tradesmen who would be based out-and-about in the neighbourhood, responding to tenants' repairs and maintenance needs.
Mrs Richards explained: 'We presented the proposal to staff and trade union representatives on June 16 and there is a consultation period which ends on July 8.
'Feedback from staff will be considered before the recruitment process starts for the new posts.'
WVHT was set up in 2002 after Vale Royal Borough Council sold its housing stock and passed control of maintenance and repairs to the organ-isation. The trust currently has 347 paid employees.