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Union angry as workers are laid off

Five railway workers have been made redundant with immediate effect.

Two blacksmiths, two painter/signwriters and a joiner were informed of the decision earlier today (Thursday).

In March, it was announced up to 22 posts would go as the Leisure Division tried to find savings of £800,000.

Union chief Steve Salter is unhappy with the way the lay-offs have been handled (play audio file):

Leisure Minister David Cretney says his department regrets making anyone redundant and insists it tried to save four of the five posts by changing working agreements.

However, its proposals were not accepted by workforce representatives.

He says those affected will have help seeking new employment.

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