Workers at Polgat textiles factory protest layoffs, set tires on fire

Workers protesting layoffs at the Polgat Textiles factory in Kiryat Gat barricaded themselves within the factory premises on Wednesday morning, and set tires alight. The workers not only protested a decision by the company to fire 300 employees, but voiced anger over the compensation being offered to those expected to be laid off. On Tuesday, the company announced plans to close the factory in April due to the fact that it was losing money.