Port Talbot staff heartbroken over Remploy factory closure
WORKERS at a Port Talbot factory have been left heartbroken over the news that it is to close.
Remploy confirmed that no viable bids had been received for its furniture business and as a result the factory based at Baglan Energy Park will close.
Around 70 workers at the factory face compulsory redundancy and yesterday were handed letters giving them one month's notice.
Remploy has said employees will now be invited to at least two individual consultation meetings over the next 30 days to discuss the options and the support that will be available to them.
A relative of an employee said the employees, many of them disabled, were heart broken at the news.
He said: "They were handed letters giving them one month's notice.
"Apparently a lot of them were crying. I feel really sorry for them. My son started after he left school What else is he going to do now? They are on the scrap heap."
A statement from Remploy said that detailed negotiations had been carried out with the preferred bidder, Metalliform Holdings Ltd, but the company was unable to continue with their original bid for the entire business.
Discussions were opened with other bidders and best and final offers were evaluated by Remploy and the company's advisers KPMG, and the evaluations were approved by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and an independent panel of experts.
The statement said: "The board has determined that no viable business bids meeting these criteria were received for the furniture business and as a result it will close and all its factories will now move to closure."
Although the company is assessing "a number of bids" received for the assets of the furniture business. Aberavon AM David Rees said he along with MPDr Hywel Francis and trade unions would ensure there was "sufficient support" from the Government to help the workers.