1. ITV Report

Steelworkers' pay delayed

Three hundred and fifty workers lost their jobs at the Thamesteel plant in Sheerness Photo: ITV Meridian

A delegation of former Thamesteel workers from Sheerness in Kent are due to lobby MPs at Westminster today to ask for help after the firm went into administration.

Three hundred and fifty workers were made redundant in January and some say they have not been paid since Christmas. They also claim their redundancy payments were not processed when they should have been meaning that they are struggling with bills and food. Last week a foodbank was set up to help the workers in the interim period.

Fifty of their colleagues have managed to stay in post to keep the plant operating at a minimal level while the administrators, the international accountancy firm Mazars look for a buyer to take over the Thamesteel.

Meanwhile Kent County Council has said it** **will pay firms £10,000 to take on former Thamesteel apprentices as part of a special task force set up to deal with the job losses. On Tuesday a similar economic development task force issued its one year report on the loss of 1,500 jobs at the Pfizer research and development site in Sandwich in East Kent.