Stafford’s MP, Jeremy Lefroy has reacted to the news that General Electric plans for a consultation period on proposals for an organisational restructure, which are expected to impact approximately 500 positions in Stafford.
He said that he is very concerned to hear the news and that his thoughts are with all those staff potentially affected and their families. Offering whatever help the Government can give he pledged to work with any affected staff who wish to contact him by email: [email protected] or calling 01785 252 477.”
Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington described the news as “devastating” and Unite national officer Linda McCulloch said the proposals “deal a major blow to the Midlands’ economy which will be deprived of highly-skilled, well-paid jobs.”
Generations of Stafford people have worked at the site, in 1919 English Electric bought the works from Siemans Brothers and 1931 Stafford became English Electric’s UK centre. In 1968 GEC, merged with English Electric and the Stafford site was re branded and the English Electric name lost as GEC were the dominant partner.