Colouring and dyeing firm Ainsworth Finishing Company has gone into voluntary liquidation.

The company's 30-odd workers arrived for work to find they had been made redundant with immediate effect. About a dozen people are said to be staying on while the company winds down over the next fortnight.

Union chiefs have vowed they will appeal to government ministers to take action against the 181-year-old business, which they said sent workers home with no payout.