Last shift for Alcan workers

Alcan Northumberland
Alcan plant prepares to close Credit: ITV

Half of the workers at the Alcan aluminium smelter in Northumberland working their last shifts today as the plant prepares to shut down after 40 years of operating.

Owner Rio Tinto announced plans to close the plant near Lynemouth last November.

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Alcan workers made redundant

Almost 300 workers at Rio Tinto Alcan have been made redundant. The employees finished their last shift at the 40-year-old aluminium smelter in Northumberland on Thursday.