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Cemex to cut sales staff

MATERIALS - Mexican manufacturer announces the third restructuring of readymix division in as many years

CEMENT and concrete giant Cemex is set to shed more jobs in its latest corporate reshuff le.

It is likely to cut jobs from its sales and administrative workforce as employees face restructuring for the third time in three years.

Around 1,000 staff were slashed from the then RMC Group's payroll in 2004, a year before Cemex stepped in to buy the company. It then decimated the workforce by chopping 750 jobs in a huge shake up in June 2005.

The latest cuts will be nowhere near the same scale as previous ones but the company has not ruled out the possibility of compulsory redundancies.

The shake up will see a consolidation in the number of its sales and shipping offices for the aggregates and readymixed concrete businesses.

It has earmarked 15 offices for closure, leaving just seven centres covering Scotland, the north-east, north-west, east, west and Wales, south-west and the south-east.

The move will only affect sales and administrative staff at Cemex and the firm is yet to decide exactly where the seven new centres will be located, although it claimed it is hoping its staff will consider transferring to the new locations.

The move is key to improving its business and follows extensive research, a spokeswoman claimed.

She said: 'It is early days but the restructuring is part of a bid to improve the effectiveness of its aggregates and readymixed concrete operations.'

Workers in the cement production and precast concrete manufacturing sectors of the business will be unaffected by the move. The spokeswoman said: 'The restructuring is confined to the aggregates and readymixed concrete sides of the business.

'We are encouraging staff to move to the new offices and are offering enhanced roles with training and development opportunities but it is highly likely that there will be some redundancies.'

The restructuring will be rolled out across the regions in phases and is not expected to be fully completed until the end of 2007.