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BATTLING WORKERS SEE MPS.

Byline: NEIL HODGSON

Industry ReporterLIVERPOOL MPs Jane Kennedy and Louise Ellman will meet nearly 90 workers fighting to keep their jobs in the city tomorrow.

The Jabil Global Services staff provide technical back-up for major telecoms operators BT, Cable and Wireless and Telewest at the Marconi Edge Lane site in Wavertree.

American firm Jabil announced plans to close their circuits plant with the loss of 486 Edge Lane jobs last week and move the JGS operation to a sister site in Coventry.

But John Swift, secretary of the joint trade unions at JGS, said: ``There is a technical, logistics and moral argument to remain here.

``The Jabil Circuits people have reluctantly decided to call it a day, but we're making a healthy profit with BT's network control centre on this site.

``That contract has another three years to run and a possible further five years after that.''

Riverside MP Louise Ellman and Wavertree MP Jane Kennedy will visit the JGS facility tomorrow morning for talks with staff and union leaders.

The MPs also hope to have talks with JGS bosses.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 2, 2002
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