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Falmouth Docks casuals staff bank plan
6:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in Cornwall
As workers face redundancy at A&P in Falmouth moves are afoot to set up a bank of casual staff from the outgoing skilled workers.
Falmouth’s MP Sarah Newton has expressed her concern at the loss of skilled staff due to the redundancies and to offset the use of casual labour from outside the UK and the use of contactors, she had been in discussion with A&P to set up a bank of skilled staff.
This could be used in tandem with outside contractors to help minimise the loss of wages and keep skills fresh for any future upturn.
Mrs Newton said: that while this would clearly not be as good as or intended to be a replacement for full times jobs, redundant staff could join if “they want to.”
Saying she would be concerned at any increase in casual workers at the cost of full time jobs, she added that she understood the need for flexibility due to the cyclical nature of the shipping industry.
“I would like to see this happen at A&P. Staff could be called when needed, rather than calling in sub contractors, that way we would keep the skills..
Mrs Newton has previously said she also continues to make the case for A and P to have more naval contracts.
Saying: “Whilst existing contracts mean more work is in the pipeline, and good news in on the way about another contract I have advocated for, the gap between now and the start of this scheduled work needs to be filled. I know that A&P are determined to do this and I will continue working with them on this, and all other efforts to ensure the future viability of the ship repairing business in Falmouth.’’
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