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Union gets job guarantees for members at Glasgow waste plant

Union gets job guarantees for members at Glasgow waste plant

16 December 2016

Unite the union has secured guarantees for members who were threatened with losing their jobs at Glasgow’s new waste power plant.

On Thursday 8 December the main contractor Viridor locked workers off the site of Glasgow City Council’s new Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre in Polmadie. 

But following a positive meeting with the company, Unite says their jobs are now safe. 

Unite regional officer Stephen Deans said: “We’re glad that Viridor has guaranteed continuity of employment and no loss of earnings for our members at the plant. We’d like to thank Glasgow City Council for their positive involvement.

“Our position has always been that our members are protected by Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations – and we are still taking legal advice on behalf of our members. We believe they may be due compensation.

“But we are pleased to have been able to secure guarantees from Viridor for our members. It will be a relief for many of them, especially just before Christmas.”

The dispute started after Viridor took subcontractor Interserve off the contract. Interserve then gave notice to the workers and Viridor locked them off the site. 

Around 100 scaffolding workers were affected, alongside another 60 workers involved in thermal insulation and mechanical and electrical work. 

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Notes to editors 

For further information contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / david.eyre@unitetheunion.org