WORKERS at Elementis Chromium are to vote on whether they should take industrial action over plans to shed 120 jobs, unions said last night.

A consultative ballot is being held after the company announced plans two weeks ago to cut the workforce at its Teesside plant by more than half.

The Transport and General Workers Union and Amicus have met with workers at the factory in Eaglescliffe, near Stockton, this week.

Joe Keith, T&G's senior regional organiser, said: "The consultative ballot will check to see if members feel strongly enough to take industrial action.

"If the ballot says yes then we will seek permission to hold a proper strike ballot."

When Elementis announced its plans to cut its workforce on October 31 it issued a statement saying: "The decision has been a very difficult one, however the company believes it is essential to secure the long-term future of the site by providing a more stable and sustainable earnings base."

It blamed the restructuring on the rising costs of energy and raw materials.