MERSEYSIDE factory staff who were turned away from work were due to hold a protest outside the site this morning.
Workers arrived at Tranfoods in Abbey Street, Birkenhead, last Monday to find the cooked meats factory locked up.
They were given letters telling them production had ceased because owner Tulip had identified “significant operational issues”.
The protest will coincide with a meeting at Tranfoods between union officials and factory bosses.
Franny Joyce, Unite’s Regional Industrial Organiser, said: “This is the first opportunity the workforce have had to find out what’s going on.
“We want to get some answers from Tulip.”
Factory workers were already in a consultation period over plans by Tulip to shut the plant after a decline in orders.
Unions have accused the company on reneging on a proposed redundancy deal – a claim denied by Tulip.
A spokesman said: “The redundancy package forms part of the ongoing consultation and to date there has not been any agreement made during this process.”