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First wave of redundancies at Coryton
8:19am Tuesday 19th June 2012 in Basildon
UP TO 180 jobs are set to go at Coryton oil refinery next week as the first wave of redundancies hits the striken plant.
It came as more than 100 Coryton workers and their families packed into a meeting in Pitsea as a rally was held to whip up support to keep the refinery open.
The meeting, arranged by Unite, was held at Pitsea Leisure Centre last night following news of the first confirmed job losses at the plant.
Administrators PriceWaterhouse Coopers made the announcement yesterday afternoon while also saying it was “highly unlikely” that the plant would stay open as a refinery.
The bombshell announcement was given to employees following a meeting with management.
It is feared hundreds more jobs will be lost if the refinery, off the Manorway in Stanford-le-Hope, closes. It has a 500-strong workforce and employs around 350 contractors.
The cost of its closure to the local economy is estimated at £100million.