Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

BlindCraft Edinburgh workers postpone vote on future

Workers at Edinburgh's BlindCraft factory have postponed a vote on its future until next week.

They have been asked to accept a three-day week for the next year if the city council is to continue funding the loss-making plant.

Most of the 58 staff are disabled, and they are now seeking advice on how their benefits will be affected before making a decision.

The council is expected to close the factory if the deal is rejected.

BlindCraft's union representative, Fraser Queen, said it was important for the public to know the factory, which produces beds and mattresses, was continuing to trade.

He added that he remained optimistic a deal could be done and that workers would accept the package so the factory could restructure in order to safeguard its future.

Late last year, city officials recommended closure of the council-funded plant at Craigmillar, but later agreed it could move to a three-day week in a move aimed at making savings of about £700,000 a year.

BlindCraft has been operating in Edinburgh since 1793.

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