Struggling Stoke potter Wedgwood has confirmed that 346 jobs will be axed at its Barlaston factory.
According to this local newspaper report, 150 workers volunteered for redundancy but almost 200 more will now face compulsory redundancy.
Waterford Wedgwood PLC (of which Wedgwood is part) has been trying and failing to successfully refinance its considerable debts for some time and Wedgwood itself is not expected to make a profit in the near future.
The redundancies, which represent around 35% of its 1,000 Staffordshire workforce, will be phased in throughout the next year.
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