HUNDREDS of workers who were made redundant without any notice at a Wombwell business were offered the chance to speak with representatives on Wednesday.

A total of 600 Safestyle UK jobs around half of which are from the Wombwell site were slashed late last month, much to the dismay of its workforce.

Hundreds of workers at the double-glazing firm’s Barnsley site were told to down tools and marched off site.

At the same time, Safestyle suspended its share trading, locked its gates and told staff that it intends to file for administration.

A heated protest meeting was held the following Monday where workers were essentially told they had lost their jobs.

Local councillors and Barnsley East MP Stephanie Peacock slammed the decision and on Wednesday a meeting was held at Wombwell Library for the workforce to learn more about local opportunities for learning, training and work.

Ms Peacock has also this week met with the GMB Union and Interpath Advisory who support people in these situations and received good news for some employees.

She said: “If you are an employee, you will likely be entitled to the protective pay award.

“This is compensation available if your employer made you redundant without consulting you.

“If you are an employee and part of the union, the GMB can submit a claim for this on your behalf.

“Do get in touch with my office if you would like any clarity, as we can provide support.”