Cost cutting did not protect jobs

Triumph still to give redundancy details

Triumph still to give redundancy details

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @BerenCross

DISTRIBUTION is being moved from Swindon to France by Triumph despite successful efforts to cut costs and improve efficiency by Menlo, according to Unite’s rep at the site.

News broke on Monday of the lingerie firm’s decision to move its distribution operations from the warehouse it owns at the Groundwell Industrial Estate to its Obernai site in France.

Menlo employees, who work at the distribution centre on behalf of Triumph, have said the result of the announcement is likely to mean 70-plus employees will lose their jobs, though the company is yet to confirm numbers.

Redundancies have not been confirmed by the firm either, though it is thought the employees may well be given the chance to relocate to the Obernai site, according to John McGookin, regional officer for Unite in Swindon.

He said: “At the warehouse they have delivered exceptional improvements in cost efficiency and bent over backwards to support the client.

“It would seem all for nothing. They have worked as hard as they could to deliver every target asked of them.

“They have gone beyond the call of duty in meeting expectations, made huge efficiency savings and then bang, this news comes out.

“The impression I got was that Triumph announced it was moving its warehouse operations to Obernai and the inference of that was it would make the workforce redundant.

“There has been little or no conversation since the announcement, but they may yet still be offered the chance to go to France.

“The vast majority of ladies have worked there for quite some time and are quite mature in their working environments.

“They’re not going to transfer to France, it’s an unrealistic expectation.”

Senior staff at Menlo are said to have been shocked by Monday’s announcement. The logistics firm running the warehouse felt it had developed a strong UK foundation in Swindon.

Senior managers at the site were summoned to the estate on Monday, dealt the news and asked to make an announcement to employees a short time later.

Aside from the staff affected at Menlo, Triumph still has offices based on the industrial estate, with buyers and purchasing departments there, amounting to 30 or 40 people.

In its announcement on Monday, Triumph declared its sales and operating functions would not be affected, but Mr McGookin doesn’t see a long-term future for an office in Swindon with a vacant factory standing next to it.

“The impression I got was everything in Swindon was going, but then I heard there would be a small office remaining,” he said.

“Triumph’s headquarters are in Swindon as well as offices in London, but it’s hard to see how you can maintain that site without the warehouse, without anything.”

The Unite officer will meet with Menlo’s site manager Steve Major on Tuesday, to discuss the future of warehouse operatives at the base.

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8:12am Thu 17 Apr 14

moonie says...

Thought they were moving too BRA-ZIL!!
Thought they were moving too BRA-ZIL!! moonie
  • Score: -5

10:32am Thu 17 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

I am sure the workers losing their jobs will find that highly amusing!
I am sure the workers losing their jobs will find that highly amusing! house on the hill
  • Score: 4

11:08am Thu 17 Apr 14

Tyran66 says...

They could have saved a bit more by sacking the useless, pre-historic union rep. Just look how much he has successfully achieved in this instance.
They could have saved a bit more by sacking the useless, pre-historic union rep. Just look how much he has successfully achieved in this instance. Tyran66
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Thu 17 Apr 14

moonie says...

house on the hill wrote:
I am sure the workers losing their jobs will find that highly amusing!
I would like to think so, they need cheering up.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: I am sure the workers losing their jobs will find that highly amusing![/p][/quote]I would like to think so, they need cheering up. moonie
  • Score: -2

4:23pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Hammer5 says...

Sorry missed the end of the story did it end in Triumph
Sorry missed the end of the story did it end in Triumph Hammer5
  • Score: -3

4:25pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Hammer5 says...

Tyran66 wrote:
They could have saved a bit more by sacking the useless, pre-historic union rep. Just look how much he has successfully achieved in this instance.
Tyran66 the union rep worked very hard on there behalf so I guesse you should go back to your little hole and count your benefits!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Tyran66[/bold] wrote: They could have saved a bit more by sacking the useless, pre-historic union rep. Just look how much he has successfully achieved in this instance.[/p][/quote]Tyran66 the union rep worked very hard on there behalf so I guesse you should go back to your little hole and count your benefits!!!!! Hammer5
  • Score: -2

5:03pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Localboy86 says...

Can't believe people are joking about people losing their jobs, trolls!
Can't believe people are joking about people losing their jobs, trolls! Localboy86
  • Score: 0

5:18pm Thu 17 Apr 14

moonie says...

Its a storm in a D-cup.
Its a storm in a D-cup. moonie
  • Score: -2

5:29pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Tyran66 says...

Hammer5 wrote:
Tyran66 wrote:
They could have saved a bit more by sacking the useless, pre-historic union rep. Just look how much he has successfully achieved in this instance.
Tyran66 the union rep worked very hard on there behalf so I guesse you should go back to your little hole and count your benefits!!!!!
YES of course he did. Did he achieve anything? No. Did he do all this great work for free? No. Sounds like a sterling chap. The reality is he had no influence over anything in the process. He cannot bend the laws of economics. Ironically the unions seem to be able to convince ignorant people to the contrary and make them pay for the privilege of membership.

We no longer live in Victorian Britain, Unions are largely obsolete and do little more than cost their members money and render the UK uncompetitive in a globalised market.

As a higher rate tax paying male smack bang in the middle of my working life. I am a comfortable net contributor to the social welfare bottom-line and have never claim benefits in my life. Any more silly comments that are largely irrelevant?
[quote][p][bold]Hammer5[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tyran66[/bold] wrote: They could have saved a bit more by sacking the useless, pre-historic union rep. Just look how much he has successfully achieved in this instance.[/p][/quote]Tyran66 the union rep worked very hard on there behalf so I guesse you should go back to your little hole and count your benefits!!!!![/p][/quote]YES of course he did. Did he achieve anything? No. Did he do all this great work for free? No. Sounds like a sterling chap. The reality is he had no influence over anything in the process. He cannot bend the laws of economics. Ironically the unions seem to be able to convince ignorant people to the contrary and make them pay for the privilege of membership. We no longer live in Victorian Britain, Unions are largely obsolete and do little more than cost their members money and render the UK uncompetitive in a globalised market. As a higher rate tax paying male smack bang in the middle of my working life. I am a comfortable net contributor to the social welfare bottom-line and have never claim benefits in my life. Any more silly comments that are largely irrelevant? Tyran66
  • Score: 3

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