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Company puts staff on short week

Dozens of workers at a Lincoln firm are to have their hours cut to help the business survive the economic downturn.

Lincat Ltd on Whisby Road, which manufactures catering equipment, has asked about half of its 200 staff to work a four-day week.

Many will also be asked to finish early for Christmas.

It is hoped the move will save money and help the company avoid job losses after it suffered a sharp drop in orders over recent weeks.

Management said the changes affected employees on the shop floor and were currently just for the month of January.

If the measure was not extended the time could be taken as holiday, leaving wages unaffected, they added.

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