700 axed at former Marconi plants


ALMOST 700 jobs are to be axed at two former Marconi factories. US-owned Jabil Circuit is to cut 474 jobs in Liverpool and 220 in Coventry. The factories produce electrical components for the telecommunications industry.

Danny Carrigan, a national official of the Amicus union, said he was 'stunned' at the scale of the job losses. 'Our members are extremely angry about this news,' he said. 'We will meet with our shop stewards to assess our position and clearly we will be hoping to do everything we can to minimise redundancies and to see if we can get workers transferred to other factories.'

Florida-based Jabil bought the factories from Marconi last year. The UK telecoms equipment maker has slashed operations and thousands of jobs following a slump in orders that has brought it close to collapse. Jabil also has a plant in Livingstone, Scotland, which is not affected by the announcement.