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Troubled quarry to lay off 38 workers.

Byline: By HYWEL TREWYN

PENRHYN quarry in Bethesda, which is at the centre of an internal financial inquiry, is to lay off 38 temporary workers.

The Alfred McAlpine plc subsidiary earlier this week revealed it had suspended two managers as part of the company's investigation after "accounting irregularities" worth up to pounds 24m were uncovered.

Unions said after a meeting that it had been "impossible" for management in Bethesda to give assurances that there would not be future job losses.

The company said: "During the meeting the difficulties being experienced at Penrhyn were shared with the union."

It said 38 temporary employees would be "released this week or next". All are employed at the Penrhyn quarry.

The firm employs around 450 people in North Wales and north America, the majority working in North Wales.

Paddy McNaught, of the T&G union, said: "We have given assurances we will work with the company to protect the future of the slate industry in this region. At this moment it is impossible for the company to give assurances there won't be further job losses."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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