Gavin Greig (ggreig) wrote,
Gavin Greig
ggreig

Cashed In

Since it's only a relatively minor news story outside Scotland, I thought it would be worth mentioning the downsizing announced yesterday at NCR's plant in Dundee. About 600 jobs are expected to go, as NCR transfer most of their manufacture of cash machines to countries where labour is cheaper.

Without commenting on the rights or wrongs of the fact or how it was handled, this is a significant blow to Dundee. NCR was the second largest industrial employer in the city (after Michelin), and have been there for 60 years. There are people who've worked there all their adult lives, and second generation workers.

Although you might not have been aware of it at the time, the chances are good that you've used an NCR product from Dundee - at one stage they were manufacturing a third of Europe's hole-in-the-wall bank machines.

I don't think I know anyone working for NCR at the moment, but I certainly have in the past, and as a significant technical employer locally there's always been a chance I might end up working there some day - now reduced.

It is slightly hopeful to see that the research part of the business will remain in Dundee, along with some of the more complicated manufacturing processes. I'm glad that's the case; this seems like the sort of job that we should be trying to keep if jobs are going overseas, but it doesn't help the unfortunates who will lose their jobs over the next few months.

I'm not directly affected by this news story, but it's close enough to home to be thinking "There but for the grace of God..."
Tags: current affairs, dundee, scotland
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