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Hundreds of staff fear redundancies at Lincoln firm Mouchel

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 10, 2011

The Mouchel offices in Mill House, Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln

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Hundreds of staff at one of Lincoln's biggest employers are at risk of redundancy.

Mouchel has just ended talks with all 600 of its workers because it faces "budgetary challenges".

The company – which provides IT, human resources, property, payroll and financial services – is not revealing how many positions must go.

Spokesman Melanie Bright said: "Mouchel has asked all of its staff in its Lincoln partnership to consider alternative working arrangements, such as reducing hours temporarily or permanently, taking unpaid leave, a career break, voluntary redundancy, or early or flexible retirement in an effort to avoid making compulsory redundancies."

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She said workers' wishes were now being considered.

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  • FreeForester  |  November 16 2011, 11:25AM

    The staff involved in the original LCC outsourcing have been transferred many times as the business was sold on. At one time, I began to wonder who I did work for. Services for the public do not make a profit, that is why the Victorians invented Public Service. We tried to tell LCC this over 10 years ago, but all they wanted was to get rid of staff. Most of the Mouchel staff do essential work; what will happen to the vulnerable members of society if their services are cut yet again?

  • Lord_V  |  November 11 2011, 2:42PM

    @AaronJewel I know what it says, I was using deliberate exaggeration to reflect the reactions of some people to these articles. In reality only a handful of people can be made redundant, if that, otherwise the service level agreements would be affected. Mouchel Lincoln have already had redundancy waves so most peoples positions are neccessary to keep.

  • DufferBadge  |  November 11 2011, 1:30PM

    by lindalou999 Friday, November 11 2011, 11:52AM "who are their parent company DufferBadge?" Mouchel are a multinational company that deals with business services and infrastructure. Orignally a building and engineering firm they have expanded into pretty much anything from highways to business services. They bought out HBS which includes the current Lincoln site a few years back, but the main business has been in trouble for a bit now.

  • AaronJewel  |  November 11 2011, 12:51PM

    Lord_V, I think you should read the headline again. It doesn't say hundreds of people are losing their jobs, it says 'hundreds of staff fear redundancies'. If I was employed by Mouchel and they told me they were 'making an effort to avoid compulsory redundancies', I would be one of the 600 people they employ who would be worried that I could be made redundant if they fail to achieve what they need to via the measures they are proposing.

  • lindalou999  |  November 11 2011, 11:52AM

    who are their parent company DufferBadge?

  • nstanh  |  November 11 2011, 4:17AM

    Why is it always the staff? The last company I worked with were sacking or 'making redundant' people here there and everywhere, yet upper management were untouched. Is it really to much to ask for a bit of common sense to look at expenses and little perks first? I think it's such a shame that people are looked at as little pound signs that can be chopped and changed just to make a few figures look good at a board meeting. These are peoples livelihoods. It's absolutely no wonder that worker fatigue, stress & depression are at an all time high. My deepest sympathies to those who must be extremely worried at this difficult time.

  • Adrian1208  |  November 10 2011, 11:06PM

    100's more unemployed!!!!!!!

  • Lord_V  |  November 10 2011, 5:39PM

    Seems to me like the press are making a meal out of a badly worded comment. Staff are asked if they would like early retirement or unpaid leave and suddenly "HUNDREDS OF STAFF COULD LOSE THEIR JOBS!".. right. Also, some of the people commenting are very misinformed, the staff working at Lincoln have provided important services to the County Council for many years under different names so accusations of "empire building off the backs of the County Council" are totally unjustified. If the jobs that Mouchel Lincoln staff are doing on behalf of LCC weren't there then LCC would have to employ staff to do that work themselves, on a higher public sector salary.

  • DufferBadge  |  November 10 2011, 4:31PM

    Think Mouchel's problems are more to do with their parent company who are about £87m in debt.

  • lincoln6  |  November 10 2011, 4:06PM

    Even more so with the next round of LCC redundancies just around the corner