Willerby 'regret' as caravan manufacturer confirms 'small number' of redundancies
Caravans under construction at Willerby Ltd
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 17 Jan 2019
A caravan manufacturer in Hull has announced that it has had to make redundancies one month after informing employees they would be working reduced hours.
Willerby, which employs approximately 1,000 people, informed staff in December that hours would be cut due to "current economic uncertainty".
On Wednesday, Willerby’s chief executive, Peter Munk, confirmed a small number of redundancies had since been made due to a “period of reorganisation”.
He said: “Willerby regrets that it has become necessary to make a small number of redundancies.
Willerby CEO, Peter Munk (Shaun Flannery Photography Ltd)
“This is due to a period of reorganisation across the production teams.
“This decision is not one we have taken lightly and we are making every effort to provide support to those who have been affected by redundancy.”
It was reported last month that workers were left “devastated” in the run-up to Christmas when it was announced that they would be working reduced hours.
Employees were told that they would be working just four days per week and had to take an enforced holiday in February originally planned for October.
Willerby is one of the UK’s largest caravan manufacturers.
Up to 35 holiday homes and lodges leave the Hull site every day – totalling more than 8,500 a year.
It comes after South Bank motorhome manufacturer Auto-Trail was forced to make redundancies as orders slowed, as it negotiates a 'perfect storm' of uncertainty, triggered by Brexit and diesel engine reliance.