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Cheltenham MP joins protestors at Weetabix packing plant

MP Mark Horwood has joined protestors outside a factory in Cheltenham.

Mr Horwood took the case of 105 Weetabix employees who have been made redundant to parliament yesterday. The packing plant on the Kingsditch Industrial Estate announced it was closing down last month. Employees don't feel that the redundancy package they were offered is fair.

Enhanced redundancy package offered to protestors

Employer offers protestors enhanced redundancy package Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Following a protest outside a Weetabix factory in Cheltenham the employer has offered an enhanced redundancy package.

105 employees at the plant on the Kingsditch Industrial Estate were made redundant after the factory announced it would close. They say their not happy with the redundancy packages they were offered.

Following a consultation process, we have agreed to work with our employees, their trade unions and local employment agencies to proceed with a phased closure of the business beginning in early 2015.

An enhanced redundancy package has been offered and we will be supporting employees to find new roles with out-placement support and a number of local companies have already been in touch to make us aware of vacancies.

Throughout this period we will be providing support to employees in the search for alternative employment. This has been a difficult decision and we appreciate it affects all of our people and their families.

– Vibixa

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Weetabix employees protest over redundancy package

Employees of Weetabix say they're unhappy with their redundancy packages Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Workers at a company that's closing down in Cheltenham are protesting over their redundancy packages.

Workers due to be made redundant from a Weetabix packing factory in Cheltenham are protesting today against their redundancy packages.

Employees at a Weetabix packing plant on the Kingsditch Industrial Estate say their unhappy with the redundancy packages they've been offered. The factory announced in October that it would close, leaving its 105 employees looking for another job.

Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood will join protestors. He raised their case in parliament yesterday.

Protestors outside Weetabix factory in Cheltenham Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Weetabix employees protest in Cheltenham

Weetabix employees protest over redundancy package Credit: John Stillwell/PA

Workers due to be made redundant from a Weetabix packing factory in Cheltenham are protesting today against their redundancy packages.

The plant on the Kingsditch Industrial Estate announced in October that it would close, leaving its 105 employees looking for another job.

Dyson announces £250 million expansion in Malmesbury

Wiltshire technology firm Dyson has announced a further expansion of its Malmesbury site, creating a further 3,000 jobs. The firm's founder Sir James Dyson has also pledged to invest a further billion in developing a hundred new products over the next four years.

The company will also increase production at its manufacturing plants in Singapore and Malaysia, and extend a research programme in universities.

This is in addition to a previously announced plan for a £250 million campus expansion at its Malmesbury site, creating three thousand jobs.

We must relentlessly invent - that's why we are investing in our research footprint here in the UK and investing in our manufacturing capabilities in South East Asia.

– Sir James Dyson

Sir James has also revealed that he would vote to leave the EU, saying Germany is too dominant.

Dairy farmers to stage another blockade tonight

Dairy farmers are planning another protest against supermarket prices in Somerset tonight.

They are meeting at Sedgemoor market and will then go on to blockade a distribution centre in their ongoing fight against milk prices, which they say are driving them out of business.

Many of them are having to sell milk for less than it costs to produce and Farmers for Action say the supermarkets are ignoring their plight.

Dairy cows. Credit: PA

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