Job Losses At Waterford Wedgwood

Waterford Wedgwood’s financial troubles have been ongoing for some time now, but according to reports this week things have now taken a turn for the worse, with 300 jobs to go from the company’s factories in Germany.

It turns out that the redundancies are part of a restructuring plan for German ceramics company Rosenthal – I hadn’t realised until now that Rosenthal were owned by Waterford Wedgwood.

As its name suggests, Waterford Wedgwood incorporates Waterford Crystal, Wedgwood (which itself includes Coalport and Masons) and also Royal Doulton – as well as Rosenthal. The company recently reported funding and supply chain problems that prevented it meeting Christmas seasonal demand – a bitter blow at one of the most important times of the year.

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