The vast majority of the workforce at Copaga's closure-threatened Spanish processing plant joined a weekend protest against layoffs at the company.
More than 200 employees from the food and meat processing company in Lleida, north-east Spain, demonstrated against the company's announcement that it will make 116 of the 247 employees in its meat processing plant in Llerida redundant.
The protesting employees demonstrated in front of the Copaga plant, before proceeding to reconvene at the Lleida headquarters of the CCOO trade union. CCOO will continue to support the employees, reported La Vanguadia.
According to the head of the plant worker's committee, Santiago Santiago Marcet: "We would like to keep the employment situation as it is. It is unfair that the workers should be the first to pay the price for the poor financial decisions made by the management." Copaga recently decided to close its plant in Llerida after it incurred losses of €600,000, since the beginning of 2002.