FORMER employees of Quinn Radiators in Newport can attend a special meeting in the city today to get help with benefits, careers advice, job opportunities and re-training options.

Some 280 people lost their jobs at the company when it went into administration on Monday, but today's event - at the Newport Centre from 9am-1pm - is intended to provide practical help to get them back into work.

On Monday the Argus broke the news that workers turning up for their shifts at Quinn Radiators Limited, in Newport's Imperial Park, had been met by administrators, who told them the company had gone into administration and they had lost their jobs.


The redundancies were immediate and without any prior warning.

Welsh Government economy and transport minister Ken Skates said the way employees at the factory had been treated was "appalling".

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"There was no sympathy at all in the way they went about informing the workforce," he said.

"Those who made the decision to allow the administrators to inform the workforce at the gates should feel ashamed."

He stressed that the Welsh Government had begun immediate support for those impacted, and pledged that “we will do all we can over the coming weeks and months to help those affected find alternative employment and training support."

In a letter to employees, seen by the Argus, the administrators, from Grant Thornton, said a ‘task force’ has been set up to help workers with benefits, careers advice, immediate employment opportunities, and re-training options.

Newport West AM Jayne Bryant, who has also criticsed the way the workers have been treated by the company, took to Twitter yesterday, saying that she has been "contacted by several local prospective employers" in the wake of the Quinn closure, and urging those affected to attend today's meeting.