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36 members of staff at Strainstall in Cowes have been informed that their jobs are at risk as the company looks set to make a total of 22 redundancies.

The company say that the coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the business, both directly and through triggering a significant reduction in the oil price. Both these factors have combined to impact the business as well as those operated by customers and clients.

In March, the Strainsall looked to utilise the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and asked employees to undertake furlough leave in order to make attempts to secure employment during and post this pandemic.

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Now, in order to adapt to the expected order levels and ensure that the business remains financially secure for the future, a restructure of Strainstall is being proposed.

Simon Everett, Managing Director at Strainstall, has written to employees this week to inform them that a total of 36 people have been put at risk with 22 redundancies being sought – around 50% of the workforce. Those affected have been informed.

A collective consultation is now underway and this is expected to last up to around 2 months. No final decision will be taken until the end of the consultation period.

UPDATE – A statement has now been issued by Strainstall.

Simon Everett, managing director at Strainstall, has said:

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“Strainstall employees have worked incredibly hard to support the business during what have been a challenging few months, so it is with great regret that the global COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to have to review the business structure in this way.

“The team has been extremely understanding of the challenging situation we face and I’ve been really impressed by how everyone’s supporting each other and the business through it. We’re working hard to ensure all our employees are supported and will work closely with everyone over the next few weeks as we progress through the collective consultation process together.”

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A shame.especially as furlough scheme supposed too save jobs.looks like it may have been useless for many too come


Been in this position in the past, it was horrible. Why don’t they just declare who is going at the time? Brown nosers will be running riot!

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