Workers at the Bellshill and Moodiesburn sites of sausage skin manufacturer Devro were dealt a devastating blow this morning (Wednesday 21 May) after management revealed plans to cut jobs by a quarter.
Unite has been informed that a statutory 45-day consultation process will get underway imminently over the redundancy of 130 of Devro’s 500 strong Lanarkshire workforce, with the company claiming a streamlined programme of modernisation was required following adverse market conditions.
Devro’s decision continues the recent trend of deep cuts and closures across Scotland’s food manufacturing base, following on from the loss of 1,700 jobs at Vion in Broxburn and over 200 posts at 2 Sisters in Coupar Angus over the last year.
The company had only last month announced a £50 million investment for a new manufacturing plant near Shanghai, China which is due to come into operation next year.
Unite industrial officer Tam Connarty said: “These are dark times for manufacturing jobs in Scotland and our crucial food manufacturing sector is particularly bearing the brunt of this ongoing decline.
“We’re constantly being told that an economic recovery is underway but I can tell you it’s not being felt by working people and their families in towns and communities across the likes of Lanarkshire.
“Unite will do everything we can to offset as many of these redundancies as we can but the fact is we are swimming against the tide on our own.
“It’s a depressing situation where governance at all levels is seemingly bereft of a plan or the powers to defend and sustain manufacturing jobs in Scotland while our weak employment laws continue to make British workers among the easiest to sack in Europe.
“It begs the question: Where does it all stop?”
For further information please contact Tam Connarty on 07810 157911 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.