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Cement workers’ fury over Airbus contract

FLINTSHIRE cement workers are bitterly disappointed they will not benefit from a massive multi-million pound construction project at Airbus, Broughton.

Airbus has awarded the contract for a new wing-making factory to Morgan Ashhurst, who will not be using cement from Hanson’s plant at Padeswood.

This has upset some workers at the cement factory, where a number of jobs were recently axed.

One, who did not want to be named, said: “I’m disgusted local cement will not be used.

“I know Airbus has employed a contractor, but still feel local firms should be supported, especially during a recession.”

An Airbus spokesman said: “Morgan Ashurst, our contractor, created a level playing field for suppliers by running a four-way tender process.

“It’s our clear understanding the outcome of their tender process benefits the local economy and the majority of constituents are sourced locally.”

A statement issued by Morgan Ashhurst said: “The concrete for the project is supplied from Lafarge Readymix concrete plants, situated within four miles of our site.

“The concrete supplied uses aggregates from the Craig quarry at Llanarmon-yn-lal, sand from the Mersey Estuary and cement from Cauldon, Stoke on Trent.

“Lafarge Ready-Mix, in competition with other suppliers, won the contract on the basis of its ability to provide a robust, high-quality service to the.

“As a company, we always aim to use local suppliers and contractors and look for ways to reduce our environmental impact and carbon footprint.”

A spokesman for Hanson Cement said the issue was complex but it was unfair to point the finger at Airbus as it’s up to the contractor who supplies the concrete.

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