A reassurance for town cable workers

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A CABLE company has reassured workers at a Hartlepool factory after reports that it was laying off staff.

JDR Cables, which has bases in Littleport in Cambridgeshire as well as Hartlepool, has confirmed that it is in talks as part of a “streamline and restructure” process.

But the Hartlepool Mail has been told that the effect on the town will be minimal and the Littleport facility would bear the brunt of any changes.

Newspapers elsewhere in the country have claimed that up to 25 jobs could be cut at JDR, but a spokesman said Hartlepool was unlikely to be affected.

She added: “The consultation process could have a very limited impact on workers in Hartlepool.

“JDR confirms that a consultation process has been launched at our Littleport facility. This is part of a broader drive to streamline and restructure the business ready for the next phase of JDR’s development.

“We will be working with the employee representatives and any affected employees to minimize any compulsory redundancies and will assist employees who are made redundant to look for alternative employment.”

JDR Cables arrived in Hartlepool in 2009 with a £20m plant and predictions that the workforce could eventually reach 200 people.

Just last month, executive chairman Pat Herbert said that was still a possibility.

“There are no signs that we won’t,” he said as he revealed the company was waiting for the outcome of Round 3 activities in the UK’s offshore wind energy process.

JDR now employs close to 160 people at its site in Greenland Road in Hartlepool where it makes subsea cables.