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GEC Plessey Telecommunications has left the City wondering what was the point of the merger after announcing that System X manufacture will continue at both the highly-automated Plessey plant in Liverpool and at the GEC plant in Coventry, being phased out only at the GEC plant in Kirkcaldy: the group wants to reduce its 23,000-strong workforce by a less-than-expected 1,800 by the end of this year; the Financial Times reckons these will be spread among the three plants mentioned, and also at Plessey’s Beeston PABX plant, and at the telephone handset manufacturing plant in Aycliffe, County Durham.

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