Cable firm to axe jobs

One of the JDR sheds. (IRN
One of the JDR sheds. (IRN

UP to 11 jobs look set to be axed at a town firm but a number of “specialist roles” are to be created at the same time.

Production operators at JDR Cables, in Greenland Road, have been put on alert and told they are at risk of redundancy this week.

The Hartlepool factory employs a workforce of around 160.

Letters sent out to the members of staff affected say jobs have to be cut due to a “reduction in workload resulting in a need for a reduction in headcount”.

The letters state the company has taken “every possible step” to avoid compulsory redundancies including changing shift patterns and redeployment of personnel, but still feels it is necessary to cut the small number of jobs.

The operators on alert have meetings with bosses this week as they find out their fate.

Helen Kettleborough, marketing and communications director for JDR Cables, said: “With regret JDR has placed a small number of employee roles at risk of redundancy this week.

“This is due to a reduction in work in one part of the Hartlepool factory.

“We expect a maximum of 11 people to be affected.

“At the same time we are recruiting for new employees. The JDR business continues to grow.

“This includes in Hartlepool, where we are looking to hire a number of new people for specialist roles to support new product lines for our global markets that will be manufactured here.”