Shap quarry jobs to go?

Date: Monday 13th November 2017

STAFF at the CEMEX Blue Quarry at Shap are facing potential job losses before Christmas after the company announced part of the operation is being mothballed.

The company says it is consulting with the 19-strong workforce over the future of their jobs.

A spokesman for CEMEX said: “It is with regret that that we have announced to the staff at our Shap quarry, that part of the operations will be mothballed and, therefore, there will be a reduction in the workforce based at the site. This is due to the continuing difficult economic climate and the loss of a major contract for rail ballast produced at the site.

“The coating plant will continue operating and some employees will remain at the quarry. There are 19 people based at Shap and consultations are currently under way for those under threat. We will be making every effort to redeploy colleagues into other parts of the business.”

CEMEX, a cement company, took over control of the Shap site from RMC in March, 2005, and inherited many long-serving staff, as well as recruiting new employees, mostly from the Shap area.

The “blue” quarried rock is used for hardcore, and as an aggregate for tarmac and concrete. Quarrying at the site has taken place since 1882.

The Pink Quarry, also near Shap, which was bought by Armstrongs in 2014, is unaffected.

CEMEX also operates at the Moota plant in West Cumbria.