Dozens of textile workers made redundant at a British woollen mill have submitted claims for unfair dismissal in an attempt to win compensation.

Nearly 80 of the 218 employees axed at W&J Whitehead, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, today held talks with lawyers from the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU).

They believe they were incorrectly selected for redundancy and are seeking thousands of pounds in compensation at an industrial tribunal.

Receivers appointed to the company in late July will meet with officials next week to discuss the situation.

Union officers claim that consultation procedures were not followed properly before the redundancies were announced to employees only two hours before staff left the plant for the two-week summer shutdown last month

Bosses at the mill, which makes woollen yarn for products ranging from clothes and garments to furnishing fabric, have blamed the strong pound, the US manufacturing recession and increased imports for the problems.


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