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Staff balloted over Fujitsu jobs

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A total of 700 people are employed at the Solihull site

Workers at electronics giant Fujitsu will be balloted over strike action after the firm announced plans to axe 140 jobs at its West Midlands factory.

The Japanese company's telecoms equipment arm said last week it wanted to move work from the Solihull plant to Richmond, Texas.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said staff were determined to fight to save their jobs.

Fujitsu has said the move is necessary to make the firm more efficient.

CWU deputy general secretary Bill McClory said workers were "infuriated" over what had happened.

Staff consultation

He said: "They do not want to be put on the scrap heap. We will fight to save these jobs.

"We believe there is a management strategy failure here, with too much reliance on one contract, and the consequences are being unfairly transferred to the workforce."

Ballot papers will be sent out to staff at the plant at Birmingham Business Park near the National Exhibition Centre, from next week.

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

The firm is proposing to move printed circuit board manufacturing.

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 in total at the Solihull site.

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