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Ten work­ers at Cly­de­bridge Steel­works face a bleak Christ­mas af­ter find­ing they will be re­dun­dant from Fri­day.

It is be­lieved the trou­bled Cam­bus­lang plant only has around 30 shopfloor work­ers and the chop­ping of 10 is a high pro­por­tion of the staff there.

The news that the jobs will be lost as part of a to­tal of 70 across Dalzell and Cly­de­bridge shocked steel­work­ers’ union Com­mu­nity.

A state­ment from the union said: “The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment must do ev­ery­thing in its power to pro­tect the in­tegrity of th­ese steel­works and the unique skill base that ex­ists within them.

“It is th­ese as­sets and skills that will at­tract a se­ri­ous buyer and again en­able first class steel to con­tinue be­ing pro­duced in Scot­land.

“Steel­work­ers are fac­ing their tough­est chal­lenge in a gen­er­a­tion – peo­ple are wor­ried about their fu­ture and it’s made all the worse with Christ­mas com­ing up.

“It’s time for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to step up – warm words are all well and good but we need ac­tion to save this in­dus­try and the jobs within it.”

The lat­est meet­ing of the Scot­tish Steel Task Force also re­peated the com­mit­ment to find­ing an al­ter­na­tive buyer for the La­nark­shire plants.

Chair of the task force, Busi­ness Min­is­ter Fer­gus Ewing said:“The Scot­tish Steel Task Force re­mains fo­cused on find­ing an al­ter­na­tive op­er­a­tor for the Dalzell and Cly­de­bridge plants and keep­ing as many jobs as pos­si­ble.”

Mar­garet Fer­rier MP had sym­pa­thy for those work­ers los­ing their liveli­hood.

“This is dev­as­tat­ing news in the run up to Christ­mas” said the

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