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105 jobs cut at Hotpoint factory
Hotpoint production line
The job losses follow a downturn in the market for fridges
More than 100 workers are to lose their jobs at electrical firm Hotpoint's factory in Cambridgeshire.

The parent company Indesit, which owns the Hotpoint factory in Peterborough, said it was planning to axe 105 jobs to help it remain profitable.

The firm, in Morley Way, Woodston, employs about 1,500 people at the site, where the company's UK headquarters is also based.

Last year 400 manufacturing staff were laid off for a week.

Those affected are the night shift, who are mostly factory workers, but some clerical staff will also be hit.

The company is initially asking for voluntary redundancies, but said it cannot rule out compulsory cuts.

Consultations with unions

It is blaming a downturn in demand for goods such as fridges.

In a statement the firm said: "Following a review of working practices and manning levels, Indesit Company is considering rationalising the workforce at its Peterborough manufacturing site.

"The company is currently in consultation with trade union representatives regarding the positions of around 105 employees and is taking every measure to avoid making compulsory redundancies.

"Any job losses would be phased throughout 2006.

"Indesit Company is investigating measures which would aim to enable the company to remain profitable as well as to protect the long term future of the business and the majority of jobs on site."

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