Around 150 people face losing their jobs at a packaging factory in Newport today, following the announcement of a consultation on plans to stop production at the site.
Commenting, South Wales East AM, Mohammad Asghar, said:
“This is disappointing news and will understandably be causing great anxiety and concern amongst the affected employees and their families.
“It is always extremely difficult for those affected by the prospect of redundancy, and this is sadly another blow for the area after similar job losses, with plans to cease trading at the site by the end of the year.
“The Essentra cartons plant has received substantial investment from the Welsh Labour Government to help expand its operations in the city – this has clearly not succeeded – and down the line there will be some serious questions for Ministers to answer.
“In the meantime, the Welsh Government must step in immediately and consider what packages of support they will be able to offer the workers who have been made redundant, both in terms of retraining and support in securing new employment.”