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140 Panasonic jobs under threat

Tuesday July 5th 2011

Panasonic has announced it is considering transferring work from the UK to Japan in a move which could threaten nearly 140 jobs.

The roles affected would be at the electronics giant's television design centre in Cardiff, South Wales.

In a statement, the company said: "The potential transfer of these business functions will help ensure that Panasonic's European TV business will remain competitive while delivering high quality with a lower competitive product cost.

"If this consolidation goes ahead, it is likely to have a significant impact on the 138 employees who work within the Television Design Centre and potentially some shared service support functions. A period of consultation is now under way."

Panasonic Manufacturing has over 530 permanent employees in four business units in Cardiff.

Mervyn Burnett, of the GMB union, said: "This has come as a complete surprise to us. I will be seeking urgent talks with the company to find out why they are transferring jobs from Wales to Japan and what can be done to mitigate the job losses."

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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