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Bosch confirms 250 jobs at risk

Bosch Miskin plant
Bosch said in October that 300 temporary positions would go at Miskin

Around 250 jobs are under threat at the Bosch car-parts factory in Miskin, south Wales.

The announcement brings the total number of jobs at risk in firms across Wales to more than 750 in two days.

As well as the Bosch jobs, 517 posts at other firms around Wales are at risk, including 337 jobs at the Hoover factory in Merthyr Tydfil.

Bosch employs 1,200 people at the Miskin plant and blames a 30% decline in orders for the cutbacks.

In October, it said up to 300 temporary jobs could go in 2009, but at the time, the company said it anticipated "secure employment for the permanent staff" until 2011.

But in a statement, the firm said: "Due to the current difficult market environment, Bosch has experienced a sharp decline of customer orders in the last quarter of 2008.

"As of now we expect that 250 jobs spread across all areas and functions within the plant are now at risk."

A 90-day consultation has now started.

A spokesman for the Welsh Assembly Government said it would explore "every possible means" of supporting the plant.


Meanwhile 90 jobs are going following the closure of a care home in the Vale of Glamorgan and around 337 jobs are threatened at the Hoover plant in Merthyr Tydfil.

Twenty jobs have been cut at a drug factory in Ceredigion and 20 jobs will go in Llangefni and Denbigh at a farm machinery firm.

Fifty jobs are also at risk at a car-parts plant in Tonyrefail, in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The steelmaker Corus has also announced it intends extending the Christmas shutdown at its Llanwern mill near Newport.

However, the firm said no posts were under threat with workers being given other duties at the plant.

But the company did confirm that it is imposing an overtime ban, with parts of the site being due to close in the next few weeks, possibly staying shut until early March.

• The Jane Hodge respite care centre in Trerhyngyll, near Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, will close in January after fulfilling its Christmas and New Year bookings.

A statement from the company said the decision to close the centre had not been taken lightly.

Hoover factory at Merthyr Tydfil
The Hoover factory celebrated 60 years in Merthyr in 2008
• On Tuesday, Hoover said 337 people could lose their jobs at the company's plant in Merthyr Tydfil.

The company said it could no longer make competitively-priced items at the site, which opened in 1948.

Local assembly member Huw Lewis called the news a "terrible blow" for the workforce and the town.

Finance, legal, IT, order processing, transport and logistics, warehouse and distribution departments at Merthyr Tydfil are not affected by the announcement at this stage.

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Ffostrasol is the main manufacturing base for the company
• At least 20 people are to lose their jobs at one of the largest employers in south Ceredigion.

Around 30 workers at the Protherics factory in Ffostrasol near Llandysul have received letters about a 30-day consultation period on the job cuts.

150 people currently work at the plant, which is the company's main manufacturing base.

The company is also looking to make voluntary redundancies.

• Fifty jobs are under threat at car-parts plant Waldron in Tonyrefail in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Waldon said the positions could be cut at its factory in Tonyrefail because an "unprecedented fall in demand".

In a statement from its German parent, Soehner Group, the company said turnover in 2009 was likely to fall by 30%.

"The automotive industry continues to be severely affected by the current climate.

"While some cost savings measures have to be implemented our first priority will be to engage in consultation with our staff to consider ways in which to minimise the extent of any job losses within the group."

Burgess store at Llangefni
The shop in Llangefni has closed with the loss of around 10 jobs
• Around 20 people have lost their jobs after Burgess Agricultural Engineers Ltd went into administration.

The company had two stores in north Wales - at Llangefni and Denbigh - and a further five stores in England.

Four of their English stores have been taken over by FHB holdings, saving 46 jobs. But the two north Wales stores, and one in Barton under Needwood, Staffordshire, have closed.

Administrator Robert Rotherford said the "economic recession" was to blame.


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