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Warning by JCB over jobs reprieve

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JCB said market conditions "show little sign of improvement"

More than 200 jobs earmarked for redundancy have been given a reprieve by JCB, but it is warning the posts may still have to go in the future.

In January the firm said it was to make 684 people redundant at UK factories, including 394 at the main manufacturing site in Rocester, Staffordshire.

The JCB has now said 229 of the 394 were not "at risk", but the company was "still subject to market conditions".

But 165 people still face redundancy, on top of 1,400 jobs lost since July.

The 90-day consultation involving unions over the 165 shop floor positions at risk at Rocester is due to end on Sunday.

JCB's sales were £2.2bn in 2007 and were expected to be 20% lower in 2008 and at least 30% lower this year.

A spokesman said: "It is hoped that the 229 positions that have not been put at risk can be retained as JCB drives for increased sales during the coming months.

"We are briefing our employees and emphasising this situation is entirely subject to market conditions, which show little sign of improvement currently.

"We cannot rule out the possibility of putting some or all of these outstanding positions at risk at some point in the near future."

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