With 2013 set to be no better or even worse, Hanson has warned its workers that a round of redundancies was now inevitable, with the GMB union predicting hundreds of job losses.
An announcement on restructuring proposals will be made by the end of October, with
GMB national officer Allan Black said: "This gives the lie to the coalition propaganda about light at the end of the tunnel. If we are still losing capacity in these most basic industries, then there is no sign of a construction-led economic recovery."
Hanson is part of Germany's Heidelberg Cement group, since its acquisisiton in 2007. Hanson UK is split into five business lines – aggregates. concrete, asphalt and contracting, cement and building products – which together operate more than 350 manufacturing sites and employ some 4,500 people.