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oSSES of a Bosley mill de­stroyed by fire have been slammed for re­fus­ing to pay work­ers that are fac­ing re­dun­dancy.

Wood Treat­ment Ltd, which is owned by the Bo­den Group, wrote to staff say­ing they would not re­ceive wages from Au­gust 7 on­wards, but will re­ceive min­i­mum re­dun­dancy pay.

The firm em­ploys 50 staff, but just six roles will be re­tained on the site.

The move has been slammed by union chiefs, Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley and Cheshire East Coun­cil leader Michael Jones, who ac­cused the firm of ‘walk­ing away from trau­ma­tised staff’.

Three work­ers died and a fourth worker is still miss­ing fol­low­ing a mas­sive ex­plo­sion on July 17.

Three bod­ies re­cov­ered are be­lieved to be­long to that of Dorothy Bai­ley, 62, Wil­liam Barks, 51, and Derek Moore, 62. Fur­ther re­mains have yet to be for­mally iden­ti­fied. Jason Shin­gler, 38, is still miss­ing.

Po­lice are work­ing with the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. ●» For full story and de­tails of fundrais­ing events see pages 6&7

●» Al­most 50 work­ers have lost their jobs in the fac­tory ex­plo­sion

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