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Britain's biggest union, Unite, has vowed to do everything possible to defend jobs at the Pilkington Glass manufacturing site in St Helens, Lancashire.
The company has announced plans to close the Cowley Hill site with the loss of 140 skilled manufacturing jobs.
Unite Assistant General Secretary Tony Burke said:
Pilkington Glass is closing a factory in St Helens with the loss of 140 jobs.
Pilkington said that, following a business review, it had decided to end manufacturing at its Cowley Hill float site in St Helens, Lancashire.
A company statement said: "The current economic downturn has impacted severely on float glass volumes, resulting in overcapacity, reduced prices and lack of profitability in the float product segment for the company in the UK.
As a result, a decision has been taken to adjust production capacity to match profitable customer demand."
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Pilkington Glass is closing a factory in St Helens with the loss of 140 jobs