Staff at Saint-Gobain’s L’Arboc site in Spain have protested about a proposed furnace closure.

The glass manufacturer states the furnace has reached the end of its life and is closing. The furnace supplies the Sekurit division and the decision will mean the loss of 122 jobs.

The company argues that there is instability and a drop in orders in the automotive sector.

But the workers say the furnace still has another 18 months of life and if it was repaired it would allow the factory to maintain production for another two decades.