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Threat to 110 jobs described as 'a blow to local economy'

The Parker Hannifin base, in Haydock Park Road, on the Osmaston Park Industrial Estate.

By robin johnson rjohnson@derbytelegraph.co.uk

A PLAN by an engineering firm to close its Derby factory with the loss of more than 100 jobs has been described as "a blow to the local economy" by a county business leader.

George Cowcher, chief executive of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, has also accused American-owned Parker Hannifin of "not engaging with the local business community" over its proposal to shut its Haydock Park Road factory.

The company yesterday confirmed it had entered into a 90-day consultation with all 110 staff at the site, which makes tube fittings for hydraulics systems used by companies including JCB, Caterpillar and Volvo.

The firm said that the UK arm of its European Tube Fittings Division had become "uncompetitive" and that demand for its products had fallen.

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Another 1200 to go here

Everything Everywhere cuts 1200 jobs

Britain’s biggest mobile operator plans to cut about 1,200 jobs as it prepares to consolidate its business while still maintaining two distinct brands.

Everything Everywhere, the product of Orange’s merger with T-Mobile’s UK business, said it would cut 7.5 per cent of its UK workforce as it starts to merge the back office divisions of the two companies.

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It's quite clear,

they should go on strike, form a protest march complaining about how the bankers caused it, why should they pay for it with cut backs and why should their wages be frozen............

oh no wait, they aren't in the public sector, won't get generous pay offs and have lost their jobs without any assistance

poor sods, Hope they get something out of it

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Locally to me I’ve noticed that we have little by little housed over any sites that could have supported employment. The last main one to go had been unused for 18 months and the planning department granted permission for a housing estate without ever questioning where the incomes was going to come from to support all these families in their new homes. Any time there are objections they are dismissed as nimbys. The planning department seems to be only worried by the fact that everyone drives everywhere and their preferred solution to that is that we should have to use public transport. That in turn causes them a headache because all the car parks and streets are congested by parked cars.

It’s about time that some serious thinking was done to get home and employment planning working together so that communities can live and work in the same area. Our dependency on oil is increasing and as two thirds of oil is used in transport this should be a priority. I don’t believe in global warming but peak oil is the real threat.

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Well put, over the years i have had to travel further to work and a lot of people do now, At least i have noticed a lot of people do car share a bit as the laybys near the local motorway are always full of empty cars.

What I find strange is that none of the political parties seem to want to address this. They talk about saving tiny amounts of energy from construction with new building regs whilst still failing to stimulate local employment.

With vat being exempt on new builds yet charged on refurbs a huge amount of waste is actually being encouraged whilst increasing pollution. Sustainable homes are built without any local employment, it’s no use if the residents live in them as they have to subsist on state hand out or be forced to travel for a large part of their lives. Time lost travelling impacts these families well being. Often the so called affordable homes are so small that we are rapidly moving back to the slums of yesteryear.

Part of the solution is to reward businesses that move to areas of high employment whilst making it harder to create housing in areas where there is little private employment. That should be done by revising planning regulation so that employment is the main criteria effecting new homes. Taxes on the construction industry should encourage efficient use of existing housing stock. To stimulate local private commercial activity they should be able operate free of political interference, Scotland is a prime example of where political influence has create communities nearly totally dependent on the state via either benefits or the public sector.

MPs being more equal than us have to have support so that they can live near their work however that is denied us and yet they are the same people who fail to address this.

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Over the years industrys have been allowed to be destroyed by consecutive goverments were the workforce lived locally, these included Steel, shipbuilding , railways, mining to name a few and even though there has been some regeneration in these area,s they are usually low paid jobs, warehousing etc, skilled workers had to travel to get the employment they need.

Going a little off the subject, a lot of people say the above are old industries, i think the reckless demise of these industries will come back to bite us in the future.

Agreed although I would say it has been biting us for the last decade as our deficit began.

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I didn't take notice of the anti-globalisation issue yet now know that they had been sidelined and should have been noticed. However what amazes me is that they totally failed to communicate the issue, they seem to have been taken over by the loony left.

What is so obvious now is that whilst earnings have been pegged to global rates, living costs haven’t. In the eighties it was political expedience to close core nationalised industries, the reason sighted was that they had failed to track global industry efficiencies. At that time we had the benefit of North Sea oil and so carrying a domestic industry that we could import cheaper was superficially logical. Spool forward to now and we have no oil income and no domestic core industrial sector so our balances of payments are negative. I fear we are yet to realize the errors of the handling of the railways. We now can see that this was a short-sighted error of the right, as was the right to buy policy.

Our political structure demands quick fixes and fails to address the long term health of the nation. The recent debates regarding reform are superficial, talk of PV or FPP are a mere distraction from the real rotten core. If we are elected to represent our communities that is what we must do, we should be accountable in some way whilst serving our term and then more importantly afterwards. I’ve heard few politicians’ suggest that they have their benefits cut, pensions included. Why should they be excluded from the effects of NuLabour? We can see their mindset from Alan Johnson’s comment that he didn’t lose sleep over the population reaching seventy million, how the country was expected to support that level I don’t know. He’s not worried; he’ll emigrate and live in a villa in sunny Tuscany with his champagne socialists. :angry:

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