Further news came from Wrexham’s Sharp factory this morning with Wrexham.com being told that the agency staff cut backs were due to Sharp “adjusting to market demand” rather than any wider issues with the factory.
Sharp said that there had been an increase in Solar related work, therefore “the company had taken on additional workers via an agency” however now as that demand has fallen, “agency worker numbers had been reduced”.
Claims over GAP onside offices closing were quashed, with the representive saying he had spoken with some of those staff this morning so they were obviously in.
We wrote yesterday about the concerns over the future of the factory.
James Matthews told us “two people i know have been layed off too. Were told they had plenty of work at sharps.”
Scott Daniels added “a good friend of mine not been payed for 3 weeks work and was told ‘no work until at least October’”
GAP have responded to our query and issued the following comment:
“Our clients utilise workers for a number of reasons, peaks in demand, holiday / sickness cover and for temporary to permanent recruitment.
Although it is our policy not to discuss the specific detail relating to individual clients, we can confirm that there has been a reduction of agency workers at the Sharp site in Llay.
All of our contract management team remain onsite at the client’ premises, and as there are still a number of workers remaining on assignment at Sharp, there are no plans to change this.”
A thread was started on our forums about this issue : read it here.