Cumbria

Eastman Workington plant to close with loss of 152 jobs

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Image caption Eastman blamed a change in global markets for the closure

A chemical plant in Cumbria is set to close with the loss of 152 jobs.

The Eastman site, in Workington, will cease production of acetate tow - a raw material used in cigarette filters - in April.

The company said the closure was the result of a change in global markets and did not reflect on the performance of its employees.

It follows a consultation with staff, during which the GMB union called for a rethink of the proposals.

Linda Hensley, from Eastman, said: "This was a difficult decision because it impacts team members who have made valuable contributions to our company.

"We appreciate the co-operation we've received throughout this difficult process and we will be doing all we can to support employees to ensure they are treated with the respect they deserve."

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