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Fujitsu axes 140 telecoms staff

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Workers at Fujitsu Telecommunications were shocked by the news

Electronics giant Fujitsu has announced it plans to axe 140 jobs at its factory in the West Midlands.

The Japanese corporation told shocked workers a few hours ago it was moving work from the Solihull plant to Texas.

The factory, at Birmingham Business Park near the National Exhibition Centre, makes telecoms equipment.

Bill McClory, deputy general secretary of the Communication Workers Union, condemned the move, saying: "We will fight the transfer of jobs abroad."

A union spokeswoman said staff had been left "shocked" by the "unexpected move" and that a meeting was planned for Friday to discuss their next step.

Efficiency drive

Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd said it wanted to consolidate its manufacturing in the United States while retaining its assembly, test and other activities at its plant in Solihull.

The firm is proposing to move printed circuit board manufacturing to Richardson, Texas, in a bid to make the company more efficient.

The company said it expected to redeploy 30 staff to other areas of the company and had begun a 90-day consultation with staff over the proposals.

More than 700 people are employed at the Solihull site.

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