Dozens of workers at Catalent told they will be redundant by the end of the year

Catalent, in Frankland Road, Blagrove Industrial Estate

Catalent, in Frankland Road, Blagrove Industrial Estate

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EMPLOYEES at a pharmaceutical company have been dealt a massive blow just weeks before Christmas, as it was announced dozens of staff would lose their jobs.

More than 40 staff at Catalent have been told this week that they are to be without a job by the end of the year, along with several temporary staff.

It has been confirmed by the company, which employs 500 staff at its base in Frankland Road, Blagrove Industrial Estate, that the job losses come as a result of restructuring at the site.

A spokesman for the company said: “Due to changes in volume demand, Catalent is in the process of restructuring the Swindon facility.

“After implementing other measures, including the removal of temporary positions, Catalent has announced that it will be reducing its headcount by 45 permanent roles and has entered into consultation talks with employees through its Employee Forum regarding the need for restructuring at the facility.

“Catalent is committed to working with all impacted staff during this process and will make all necessary assistance is available to all employees.

“The Swindon site is a key part of the Catalent network dedicated to the development and supply of important medicines to patients globally.”

The site, which covers around 158,000 sq ft, is divided between the development and production of fast dissolving tablet technologies and chemistry, manufacturing and controls pharmaceutical analytical laboratories.

This is not the first time that the company has cut staff. In 2010, staff were told that 50 roles would be made redundant.

That came 10 months after workers at Catalent were told that 275 staff were to be laid off during the next two years.

In 2008, the company – which was known as Cardinal Health – announced that it would be introducing a new production line, creating 40 new jobs.

The company produces more than a billion tablets a year.

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8:37am Sat 17 Nov 12

ICDeadpeople says...

Managers escape the cull yet again!
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Upside down pyramid? Managers to mange managers who manage more managers!
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Cost cutting by removing the lower paid workers instead of the 'nodding dog' higher wage earning/bonus awarded brigade.
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Catalent is either going to be sold by their corporate owners 'Blackstone' or shut down completely within 2-3 years.
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The management would be better employed as extras for a PG Tips advertisement!
Managers escape the cull yet again! . Upside down pyramid? Managers to mange managers who manage more managers! . Cost cutting by removing the lower paid workers instead of the 'nodding dog' higher wage earning/bonus awarded brigade. . Catalent is either going to be sold by their corporate owners 'Blackstone' or shut down completely within 2-3 years. . The management would be better employed as extras for a PG Tips advertisement! ICDeadpeople
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9:03am Sat 17 Nov 12

Billy Jo says...

The majority of the 45 to lose their jobs are temporary staff.
While the timing is unfortunate surely "temporary" staff must know the job is not for life?
The majority of the 45 to lose their jobs are temporary staff. While the timing is unfortunate surely "temporary" staff must know the job is not for life? Billy Jo
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9:27am Sat 17 Nov 12

ICDeadpeople says...

Billy Jo wrote:
The majority of the 45 to lose their jobs are temporary staff. While the timing is unfortunate surely "temporary" staff must know the job is not for life?
Billy Jo, you're wrong.
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Please read the article again.
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The temp/flexi workers have all gone apart from five Hygiene personnel (clean the production facility).
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All of the other temp/flexi workers have been gone for approximately one month now.
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The majority of the redundancies are permanent employees. I'm one of those whose job is at risk.
[quote][p][bold]Billy Jo[/bold] wrote: The majority of the 45 to lose their jobs are temporary staff. While the timing is unfortunate surely "temporary" staff must know the job is not for life?[/p][/quote]Billy Jo, you're wrong. . Please read the article again. . The temp/flexi workers have all gone apart from five Hygiene personnel (clean the production facility). . All of the other temp/flexi workers have been gone for approximately one month now. . The majority of the redundancies are permanent employees. I'm one of those whose job is at risk. ICDeadpeople
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9:34am Sat 17 Nov 12

ICDeadpeople says...

ICDeadpeople wrote:
Billy Jo wrote: The majority of the 45 to lose their jobs are temporary staff. While the timing is unfortunate surely "temporary" staff must know the job is not for life?
Billy Jo, you're wrong. . Please read the article again. . The temp/flexi workers have all gone apart from five Hygiene personnel (clean the production facility). . All of the other temp/flexi workers have been gone for approximately one month now. . The majority of the redundancies are permanent employees. I'm one of those whose job is at risk.
Infact all of the redundancies are permanent employees.
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Temp/flexi workers are told through their employment agency that they are no longer required.
[quote][p][bold]ICDeadpeople[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Billy Jo[/bold] wrote: The majority of the 45 to lose their jobs are temporary staff. While the timing is unfortunate surely "temporary" staff must know the job is not for life?[/p][/quote]Billy Jo, you're wrong. . Please read the article again. . The temp/flexi workers have all gone apart from five Hygiene personnel (clean the production facility). . All of the other temp/flexi workers have been gone for approximately one month now. . The majority of the redundancies are permanent employees. I'm one of those whose job is at risk.[/p][/quote]Infact all of the redundancies are permanent employees. . Temp/flexi workers are told through their employment agency that they are no longer required. ICDeadpeople
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1:14pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Davey Gravey says...

Those at the frontline always best the brunt. Sbc a prime example. I feel for those getting shafted
Those at the frontline always best the brunt. Sbc a prime example. I feel for those getting shafted Davey Gravey
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3:59pm Sat 17 Nov 12

deadweight says...

I agree, manager's are extremly top heavy for what they do, what do they do?
I know of 1 area manager that walks about lines almost every hour and gets paid obscene amounts of money PA, compared to other workers doing the work, i say shave alot from the top and leave the workers that do the work, that make the profit for them well alone.
I agree, manager's are extremly top heavy for what they do, what do they do? I know of 1 area manager that walks about lines almost every hour and gets paid obscene amounts of money PA, compared to other workers doing the work, i say shave alot from the top and leave the workers that do the work, that make the profit for them well alone. deadweight
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7:39pm Sat 17 Nov 12

dglaholm says...

I remember one manager who has now left surfing the web most of the night when he was on nights. Anyone who walked in the office would see the web page dissapear.
I remember one manager who has now left surfing the web most of the night when he was on nights. Anyone who walked in the office would see the web page dissapear. dglaholm
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8:08pm Sat 17 Nov 12

itsamess3 says...

Technology moves on and with improved production lines less operators are needed--thats how business works--and if this company does not increase the products produced staff at all levels will be lost.
This is a very competitive market and if they do not get the contracts--jobs will be lost.
They will trim jobs at all levels just to survive--thats the nature of business.
Technology moves on and with improved production lines less operators are needed--thats how business works--and if this company does not increase the products produced staff at all levels will be lost. This is a very competitive market and if they do not get the contracts--jobs will be lost. They will trim jobs at all levels just to survive--thats the nature of business. itsamess3
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9:22am Sun 18 Nov 12

M-Y-O-B says...

Having had the misfortune of working at Catalent for a few years a while back, I can confirm that everything wrong with the place is down to a 'Top heavy', corrupt and bizarre system used to manage the facility with the major problem being recruitment.
The amount of managers in relation to the other staff has to be seen to be believed, if they were at least slightly qualified in the position it would be helpful but unfortunately a lot of the managers were former operators, temps and 'low key' line leaders. Anyone knows in manufacturing process knowledge is important as is progression,BUT when you see people with no qualifications other than creeping and being snide to fellow workers getting promoted then alarm bells should be ringing.
It's the timing with this place, whilst no time is a good time to have your job at risk, but before christmas...AGAIN???

Hopefully in January when the main man flys over after celebrating the festive season in the comfort of his luxury mansion the managers who are responsible for ruining this place will get their just rewards!!!! You know who you are......
Good luck to the people affected by this.
Having had the misfortune of working at Catalent for a few years a while back, I can confirm that everything wrong with the place is down to a 'Top heavy', corrupt and bizarre system used to manage the facility with the major problem being recruitment. The amount of managers in relation to the other staff has to be seen to be believed, if they were at least slightly qualified in the position it would be helpful but unfortunately a lot of the managers were former operators, temps and 'low key' line leaders. Anyone knows in manufacturing process knowledge is important as is progression,BUT when you see people with no qualifications other than creeping and being snide to fellow workers getting promoted then alarm bells should be ringing. It's the timing with this place, whilst no time is a good time to have your job at risk, but before christmas...AGAIN??? Hopefully in January when the main man flys over after celebrating the festive season in the comfort of his luxury mansion the managers who are responsible for ruining this place will get their just rewards!!!! You know who you are...... Good luck to the people affected by this. M-Y-O-B
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10:42am Sun 18 Nov 12

Bobby Wright says...

dglaholm wrote:
I remember one manager who has now left surfing the web most of the night when he was on nights. Anyone who walked in the office would see the web page dissapear.
Well I suppose it beats kerb crawling and I expect the Devon girls would prefer that to the Beast of Bideford
[quote][p][bold]dglaholm[/bold] wrote: I remember one manager who has now left surfing the web most of the night when he was on nights. Anyone who walked in the office would see the web page dissapear.[/p][/quote]Well I suppose it beats kerb crawling and I expect the Devon girls would prefer that to the Beast of Bideford Bobby Wright
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10:09pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Empty Car Park says...

Didn't want to boast about using your real name as a login for that remark then
Didn't want to boast about using your real name as a login for that remark then Empty Car Park
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11:05am Mon 19 Nov 12

Trouble2012 says...

The place is full of managers, senior managers and directors that add absolutely no value what so ever.
However when it comes to redundancies those people who add no value seem to be Teflon coated - an example would be like getting rid of a complete department of workers but yet keeping their manager? To manage what? This is happening...
You will not get anywhere in this place if you are good at your job or any good as manager. When the company was actually going places and they had a director that was leading us in the right direction, it was decided that they should get rid of the best director they ever had, now we (the workers) have to get used to redundancies every Christmas due to the failure of senior management and directors. Good luck to everyone affected by this.
The place is full of managers, senior managers and directors that add absolutely no value what so ever. However when it comes to redundancies those people who add no value seem to be Teflon coated - an example would be like getting rid of a complete department of workers but yet keeping their manager? To manage what? This is happening... You will not get anywhere in this place if you are good at your job or any good as manager. When the company was actually going places and they had a director that was leading us in the right direction, it was decided that they should get rid of the best director they ever had, now we (the workers) have to get used to redundancies every Christmas due to the failure of senior management and directors. Good luck to everyone affected by this. Trouble2012
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11:57am Mon 19 Nov 12

Bobby Wright says...

Empty Car Park wrote:
Didn't want to boast about using your real name as a login for that remark then
I do use my real name but I think you're a case of Pot Kettle Black
[quote][p][bold]Empty Car Park[/bold] wrote: Didn't want to boast about using your real name as a login for that remark then[/p][/quote]I do use my real name but I think you're a case of Pot Kettle Black Bobby Wright
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12:43pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Empty Car Park says...

Nah.
I'm not pretending to be a known councillor
Nah. I'm not pretending to be a known councillor Empty Car Park
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12:56pm Mon 19 Nov 12

twasadawf says...

Mangers job is protect there own jobs and nothing else this is most evident at SBC
Mangers job is protect there own jobs and nothing else this is most evident at SBC twasadawf
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9:21pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Jelly totd says...

The real shame here is the fact we have a great product that can assist the end user - unfortunately management have lost sight of this and insist on rushing product though to protect their nice fat bonus while the real workers Bare the brunt with very little reward and an unachievable bonus scheme -
The real shame here is the fact we have a great product that can assist the end user - unfortunately management have lost sight of this and insist on rushing product though to protect their nice fat bonus while the real workers Bare the brunt with very little reward and an unachievable bonus scheme - Jelly totd
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