450 jobs and the future of the local community at stake
The Two Sisters chicken production plant has been in Cambuslang for 35 years. Today (7 February) the current owners informed workers at the plant that it faces complete closure by the summer of this year. The company told Unite that there are serious problems with the fabric of the plant, on-going unsustainable losses, and ‘an inability to meet future customer and consumer needs’.
Unite understands that today the company have delivered similar redundancy notices to the workforce at two plants in Birmingham – Smethwick and Wolverhampton. Those closures put a combined total of 500 jobs at risk.
Scot Walker is the trade union convenor at the Cambuslang plant. He has worked there for almost 30 years.
Scot Walker said: “Obviously we are dismayed at the news of the possible closure. But it is far too early to accept that this is the final word. Unite will do everything in negotiation with the company to find a way to safeguard the future of the site and protect the jobs. What’s at stake are more than 450 jobs and the future of the local community.”
On redeployment Scot Walker added: “The company is saying that staff can be redeployed to other sites run by the company – like Coupar Angus. That is not a viable alternative which dictates the necessity of fighting to save the plant in Cambuslang.”
And on the fabric of the factory, Scot Walker commented: “The company says there are problems with the ageing plant. That’s hardly a surprise. I’ve worked there for 30 years and there hasn’t been a brass farthing spent on the place in any real sense for decades. You might say it looks like those particular chickens are coming home to roost.”
More information if required : Scot Walker 07985 460943