Last Thursday, I posted on the falling into administration of Floform in Welshpool. This came as quite a shock to the workforce, but they anticipated working on while the administrators decided what to do. Yesterday, two working days later, 74 of the 80 workers were called to a meeting and told to go home because their jobs were finished. They left the factory to join others who had been made redundant before Christmas. I believe 6 workers have been retained to maintain the site. Today, the former employees of Floform do not know what redundancy is available, or how to access it. They are probably at home feeling stunned. The Assembly Government have not been told what is going on, and as of this afternoon, did not have access to the factory to set up any sort of advice or job centre. In 2009, its hard to believe this is happening.
Tomorrow, the now ex-workers are meeting outside the factory gates at around 3.30 in the afternoon. I feel so outraged by the 'Dickensian' way that the workforce has been treated, that I've pulled out of the afternoon session of a Care Homes Conference I'm attending in Cardiff to join them. I've discussed the issue with the Shadow Secretary of State for Wales tonight, and she wants me to report back the situation. I know that when the order book is empty, the jobs are gone, and not much can be done to rescue the position. Its dishonest to pretend otherwise. But the way the employees at Floform has been treated is an utterly shocking disgrace. I will probably be not much more than a bystander tomorrow, but I want to show some solidarity with Montgomeryshire people who have not been treated with the respect and human decency they deserve.