Unions at Lucas SEI’s wiring harnesses plant near Swansea in Wales are seeking urgent talks with senior management over the future of 1,200 workers.
Lucas SEI announced 220 job losses at Ystradgynlais, Powys, last week, blaming a loss of orders from Rover.
But unions fear the cuts are the start of a move by the company a joint venture between LucasVarity and Sumitomo Electric Industries of Japan to transfer its entire wiring systems business, which employs over 2,000 in the UK, to cheaper production sites in eastern Europe.
‘We want to know if we have a future or not,’ said David Moses, AEEU convenor at the Welsh plant. A formal statement by senior management is expected soon, he said.
‘Why should LucasVarity invest in their UK operations if they are focusing on servicing the US car plants?’ asked Jim Mowatt, national secretary of the power and engineering division of the TGWU.