Remploy workers in the region are striking in protest over the closure of 27 factories including those in Ashington, Newcastle and Spennymoor.
The company provides work for people with disabilities.
A Remploy spokesman said they are concerned that industrial action could deter possible buyers and current contracts at other sites.
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