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Electronic repairer axes 86 jobs

An electronics company in Cornwall has laid off more than 80 employees.

Workers arriving for the night shift at Infoteam International Services in St Columb last Thursday were told to collect their belongings and leave.

The company, which repairs computers, televisions and games consoles, employs about 800 people in Cornwall.

Managing director Glen Coffey said the 86 workers, who were on fixed-term contracts, were not qualified to do the level of repairs the company required.

Mr Coffey said there was a backlog of more complex work, which meant there was no current work for the night shift workers to do.

European orders

He described the job losses as "unfortunate", but said he hoped some workers could be taken on again at a later date.

The company had been liaising with the Jobcentre Plus in Newquay, Mr Coffey said and would offer affected workers what help it could.

Infoteam recently opened a new outlet in Hayle, but said the level of European orders had fallen.

Mr Coffey said the whole world was experiencing problems and the company had seen a 5% slowdown in orders.

Tim Jones, from Devon and Cornwall Business Council, said it was not unusual for a company to expand and then be hit by orders drying up during a global recession.

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