Workers at Castle Cement, have been told the company needs to lay off staff in order to tackle declining demands for cement. “There are 360 people employed at the factory but 35 people have been told their jobs have been labelled "at risk" and a 30-day consultation process has started, according to local press reports.
It means their jobs could be axed unless other workers step forward for voluntary redundancy or alternative positions can be found at Castle Cement’s other sites in Padeswood and Ribblesdale.
Hanson UK, which runs Castle Cement, says it has faced difficult times in the past eight months, with less houses being built and a falling need for cement.
Spokesman David Weeks said: "We’re seeing demand for cement fall by 20 per cent. The credit crunch has caused the construction market to tail off.
These have been tough decisions to make but it reflects the disastrous state of the construction market."There are now plans to shut three cement mills at Ketton and make the site a single-kiln plant for at least the next 18 months. Mr Weeks said he believed the news would not come as a major shock to workers on-site.
Source: Stamford Mercury