TEN people have taken redundancy after a shake-up at Southampton Docks.

Around 30 people at Associated British Ports were given a choice between redundancy or taking other roles within the docks following a 45-day-consultation, it is understood.

Trades positions within the maintenance department were impacted.

It comes after port bosses launched a review of start and finishing times involving as many as 70 staff.

Among those affected were carpenters, welders, plumbers, vehicle repair technicians and more than ten general operatives.

ABP described what they are doing as “reviewing the structure” of some of their port teams.

ABP Southampton Director, Alastair Welch, pictured, said despite the review there was no change to the over all numbers employed at the port.

He added that management had been working with the dock workers unions over the changes.

He said: “As part of our work to give the best possible service to our customers we have been consulting with around 70 staff in our maintenance and operations teams over changes to start and finish times as well as reviewing the structure of some of our port teams.

“There is no change to the planned port head count and through working closely with our recognised trade union, all of the staff with whom we have been consulting have been offered continued, permanent positions within the port.

“About ten of the staff impacted have chosen to take the option of redundancy instead of choosing one of the offered roles.

“We have started the process to recruit to fill these gaps within the future team structure.”