UK: Belron to cut 400 jobs

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The owner of Autoglass will reportedly eliminate 400 jobs due to increasing fuel costs, which led to increasingly cautious driving behaviour and, thus, decreasing the demand for vehicle repair. Belro...

The owner of Autoglass will reportedly eliminate 400 jobs due to increasing fuel costs, which led to increasingly cautious driving behaviour and, thus, decreasing the demand for vehicle repair. Belron, which employs 3,000 staff in the UK, informed that mild conditions over some of the winter, combined with higher fuel prices caused people to drive more slowly and for shorter distances. The warmer conditions and rise in a more careful approach to driving has resulted in less vehicle glass damage, also reducing the size of the wider market by 11%, Autoglass said. The move was announced as the most recent figures from the AA showed the average cost of petrol at 136.07p a litre, and diesel at 139.77p a litre. Belron has therefore entered a 30-day consultation process with regards to plans to make 300 permanent staff and 100 temporary employees redundant across the whole company. In a memo, managing director Matthew Mycock told employees: Most years as we head into the summer we reduce the number of people in the business through management of our temporary labour pool. Unfortunately circumstances are such that we need to reduce the number of people employed in our business by more than we have done in previous years. He added: I realize this is a difficult message to absorb and I would like to give you the utmost reassurance that the company is committed to supporting employees through this difficult time. Autoglass, which operates out of 101 branches across the UK,...
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