Six Ronez jobs are at threat
REDUNDANCY talks have commenced at one of the island’s largest construction material suppliers as trading conditions have been below historical averages.
Guernsey director for Ronez Steve Roussel confirmed that talks have begun with colleagues in the road contracting department of the firm about the potential need for up to six redundancies in this area of business.
This area covers road resurfacing work, repairs and construction – anything to do with road building either for private customers or for the States of Guernsey.
He said that the move to possible redundancies is a result of trading conditions which have been below historical averages, not the coronavirus impact.
‘This is not a step we take lightly, and we appreciate the uncertainty this will cause, however it is important to be upfront with our colleagues about actions we may have to take as a business and what it might mean for them.’
Consultation has started on any mitigation measures and the company will continue to support all of those affected with meetings and consultation as the situation progresses.
‘While the lockdown has been a difficult period for everyone, we have experienced a much longer downturn in work for our road contracting department which we expect to last throughout the rest of this year,’ Mr Roussel said.
‘Our primary client is the States of Guernsey and, as they have reduced their spend in this area our revenue of course will also be reduced.’
In the 2018 accounts, the States recorded a total of £2,495,000 spent on road resurfacing and reconstruction in 2017, more than £200,000 less than 2016.
Mr Roussel said: ‘To keep this part of our business viable, we have to take a course of action to match resources to workload – which regrettably may include redundancies.’
It may be several weeks before definite decisions are made and colleagues will be consulted with regularly during this time.
Exact terms and conditions of any agreements made cannot be discussed with the media, however, Ronez said the process will be applied fairly to all colleagues.
‘Supporting them through this process is our priority,’ Mr Roussel said.
‘The downturn in revenue has primarily affected our road contracting department.
‘Clearly the current lockdown is difficult to manage for the construction industry as a whole but we are hopeful that as restrictions ease the sector will be able to get going again.’
The States of Guernsey have not responded to the Guernsey Press’ request to comment.