Islwyn MP, Chris Evans has hit out at Freeman UK for refusing to comment on reports of 150 jobs at risk at their Cwmcarn plant.
The Labour MP said he was disappointed at the companies lack of consultation after writing to them in April with concerns over the future of the factory and said he has written to the company again today.
Workers at the exhibition and events company are reported to have been given letters telling them they have been selected for redundancy.
The BBC reported that some jobs will be lost in July, with the plant facing possible closure by December.
Mr Evans said: “I am very disappointed that I have found out about these redundancies via the press.
“This is not the first time, like everyone else, I found out that workers were being put at risk of redundancy as it was previously reported in the news last month.
“In April I wrote a letter to the CEO of Freeman UK to seek a meeting. I did not receive a response for nearly a month, and to date no such meeting has been forthcoming.
“I am very disappointed to have found out that major redundancies are being made and that Freeman UK is continuing to refuse to comment. Now is the time for answers, which is why I have written again to the company in the hope that we can meet.
“The redundancies are not only a body-blow for the economy of Islwyn, but also the workforce and their families.”
Islwyn Labour Party have said they will fight to save 150 jobs that are under threat.
Cllr Tom Williams, Islwyn Labour Chair, said: “We will fight to keep these valuable jobs in Cwmcarn. While it seems that no formal decision has been taken about the future of the Cwmcarn site, this threat of closure is really worrying for the workforce and the community as a whole”.
Islwyn Labour spokesperson, Gez Kirby, added: “Any job losses on this scale would have a major impact on our local economy.
“Our elected representatives – Islwyn’s Chris Evans MP and Gwyn Price AM, and Abercarn Cllrs Ken James and Denver Preece – are working with Freeman to try and protect these jobs, and will do everything possible to support those affected if the site is closed.
“Despite the Tory-led government’s claims, people in Islwyn know that the economy isn’t improving here. Labour is working locally with employers to protect and create as many jobs as possible.”
Caerphilly Observer contacted Freeman UK head office and the Cwmcarn plant, but no one was available to comment.