MP holds session for workers affected by redundancies at Fairline in Oundle and Corby

Tom Purglove wants to help workers affected by redundancies at Fairline
Tom Purglove wants to help workers affected by redundancies at Fairline

Workers affected by the redundancies at luxury boat manufacturer Fairline are being invited to a drop-in session to look at the options available to them.

MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire Tom Pursglove has organised the event for any employees or members of their family to go along and speak to various organisations about what help is available.

It comes after the firm, which has bases in Oundle and Corby, warned of “significant” job losses as they battle to keep the company afloat.

Earlier this month the company said it has begun a consultation period with staff about possible redundancies as it seeks to stem financial losses.

The 52-year-old business also announced it is seeking agreement from its creditors for a Company Voluntary Arrangement to help it repay debt.

In light of this, Mr Pursglove is working to try and help any of the workers affected.

Mr Pursglove said: “For some time, it has been known that Fairline have been experiencing financial difficulties and whilst I have struggled to engage with them since being made aware of the situation, the week before last, regrettably they announced redundancies.

“As such, I have been working, in partnership with East Northamptonshire Council, to organise a drop-in event to which all affected employees, or members of their family, are invited.

“I hope to get a number of interested parties, including Fairline, the unions, local councils, the DWP and other businesses to the event, in order to ensure all employees and their families have the information they need about their options and to be able to obtain answers to any questions they may have.

“East Northamptonshire Council will be available to provide advice on claiming housing benefit and council tax support which are means tested benefits that help people with their rent and council tax costs.

“I also hope that this event will allow affected employees to start making links with other local employers around the area, who have kindly come forward to let me know they may have suitable opportunities for former Fairline staff.”

The drop-in event is being held at the East Northamptonshire Council offices in Cedar Drive, Thrapston, between 12.30pm and 2.30pm on Friday (November 27).