January 11, 2007 10:06 ET

Amicus anger at mass job cuts by NCR in Dundee

DUNDEE, SCOTLAND--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 11, 2007) - Amicus trade union says it's furious about the announcement, made by National Cash Register (NCR) to end production of ATMs in Dundee, with the direct loss of 650 jobs.

The company plans to shift production from Dundee after sixty years and move it to plants in Hungary, India and China. The union says the announcement will result in job losses for many more Amicus members who provide catering and cleaning services for NCR in Dundee.

Amicus says the company has reneged on previous assurances on the future of the Dundee site. Only fourteen months ago NCR's President and Chief Executive, Bill Nuti, said he was "One million percent" committed to the company's Dundee operation and the plant opened in Hungary 18 months ago would have little or no impact on the Dundee site.

Peter Skyte, Amicus' National Officer, said: "This is a highly profitable company and the fact that 60 years of investment and employment can disappear from the face of Dundee in 90 days all too glaringly demonstrates the failings of UK employment legislation in allowing high value and skilled jobs such as these to be slashed so easily and so quickly.

"As well as demonstrating the betrayal by NCR of their loyal and long serving workforce in Scotland, British workers once again are paying the price of globalisation without any perceived benefit. The timing of this announcement appears intended to provide the maximum boost to the stock options of senior executives in the US."

Gillian McKay, Amicus' Regional Officer for NCR, said: "We are appalled by this announcement and our members are justifiably angry. The company had promised that their Hungarian plant would not impact on jobs in Dundee but just eighteen months after it opened they are announcing the closure of their Dundee operations after more than sixty years. At least 650 people stand to lose their jobs as a result which, if this goes ahead, will have a devastating effect on the regional economy.

"Amicus will do everything in its power to try and stop this closure and we will present the strongest case to the company for keeping the Dundee operation open and these people employed.

NCR will retain a presence in Dundee to develop prototype machines but all the machines will be manufactured abroad. The company has also announced it will be closing sites in Waterloo, Canada, Dallas in the US and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Contact Information

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    Catherine Bithell
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