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Glencraft factory petition calls for help for workers

Glencraft
Aberdeen's Glencraft had been in operation since 1843

Staff from Aberdeen's Glencraft factory for the blind and disabled, who lost their jobs when it closed, have handed First Minister Alex Salmond a petition.

The factory recently closed with the loss of 51 jobs and liquidators have been seeking buyers.

More than 2,000 people have signed the petition, calling for more help for the workers from Aberdeen City Council and the Scottish government.

The Community Union said the people of the city had offered great support.

Heather Meldrum, Scotland director for Community Union, said: "We've had a fantastic response to the petition and clearly local people in Aberdeen want to see a sustainable social enterprise that would provide work for blind and disabled people in the area.

"The Scottish government and the local council need to answer this call and deliver the necessary funding and strategic procurement policies to enable this to happen."

The factory had operated since 1843 but closed last month.

The Glencraft board blamed the city council's lack of support for the collapse.

However the council argued it had tried everything to help.



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