Workers" disgust at Hungary move

Published: 16 Feb 2006 09:00

SICKENED Sanmina workers are accusing bosses of forcing them to go to Hungary or lose out on redundancy pay. Negotiations are under way after the firm announced last month it is pulling out of Greenock with the loss of 370 jobs. But employees dumped on the dole in April say they are being put under pressure to help bring the company's Hungarian plant - where all the Greenock work is going - up to scratch. The Telegraph has obtained copies of minutes from the negotiations in which bosses state that certain extras in redundancy packages will depend on the successful transfer of work to Hungary. One outraged worker said: `What has the Hungarian plant got to do with us? They want us to go out but there is no way I am training someone who is taking my job. It is disgusting.` But at least five workers have headed out to Hungary which has created divisions in the plant where morale is at rock bottom. In the minutes it is reported that workers representatives asked about holiday entitlement and the length of service included. To this the company replied 'this concession will be dependent on achieving the successful ramp up and transfer to Hungary in line with the required schedule.` Last month company chiefs abandoned plans to send Hungarian workers to Greenock to learn the job after outrage from the local workforce. In the former IBM plant skilled workers oversee the production of computers worth millions of pounds. Sanmina staff recently built the fourth fastest computer in the world, but it did not save them from the axe. Fed up employees also scoffed at a statement by one boss which stated: 'I know the Greenock team want to leave the company with our reputation for professionalism and commitment intact.` Another worker said: `That must be some kind of sick joke.` In January, Sanmina finally announced that it was pulling out of Greenock and moving all its work to Hungary, a move that had been expected by staff for sometime. Sanmina took over IBM's manufacturing work in Inverclyde three years ago but in that time got rid of around 300 workers. Last year a group of sacked employees took the company to an employment tribunal and won. However Sanmina has an appeal hearing in May.

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