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Ceramics factory decision looms
Royal Doulton china
Royal Doulton has shifted much of its production to the Far East
A final decision on the future of Royal Doulton's only remaining UK factory is expected on Friday.

Trade union leaders were in talks with bosses at the Stoke-on-Trent ceramics firm on Thursday and said they expected to meet with them again on Friday.

There is speculation that Doulton's Nile Street factory in Burslem, is to close for good.

The china maker announced in November that nearly 200 workers at the plant were to lose their jobs.

Far East

The general secretary of the Ceramic and Allied Trade Union (Catu), Geoff Bagnall, told BBC Radio Stoke that a verdict was imminent.

"The directors indicated that they hadn't made a final decision on the future of the Nile Street plant.

"When that decision is made, then they will call us again to a meeting to discuss it."

Doulton has shifted more of its production to the Far East and recently laid off hundreds of workers with the closure of its Beswick and Baddeley Green sites.

Staff at the site have said they feel let down by the lack of communication from the management.

Some of them moved to the factory just over a year ago when Royal Doulton's Beswick operation in Longton, closed along with its factory at Baddley Green.

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