Dozens lose their jobs as firm closes in run up to Christmas

Published date: 17 December 2013 |
Published by: Sarah Staples 
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MORE than 25 employees from Oswestry look set to be out of work just one week before Christmas.
Workers from Rednal Pneumatics Ltd on Mile Oak Industrial Estate arrived to work on Monday (December 16) morning to find they couldn’t access the company car park.
Company vehicles had been parked across the car park entrance and the locks to the building had been changed.
A notice of forfeiture was placed on the entrance firm’s unit.
One employee, who did not want to be named, said he had worked at the company for 32 years.

He said: “We just came to work this morning and found the doors locked.
“There never is a good time for this to happen but we just don’t need it around Christmas.”
At the time of going to press the workforce were still waiting outside the unit to be given further details of the closure from management.
Rednal Pneumatics, which makes pressure vessels for the air industry, went into administration in 2009 and was shut for two weeks before being bought out by a management take-over.
Workers were told last week not to go into work on December 12 or 13 and suspected the firm may have gone into administration again when they saw vehicles blocking the entrance during the weekend.
Another worker said: “There are quite a few people here with kids.
“We have been paid recently but we are still owed a week. And at the moment we can’t do anything because we are still technically employed.”
Managers at the firm declined to comment.


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