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Unite Scotland slams Young’s

Unite Scotland slams Young’s over ‘premeditated and ruthless’ closure

01 June 2018

Unite Scotland has today (Friday 1 June) condemned the closure of Young’s Pinneys sea food factory following a 45 day consultation.

The decision comes after the company claim that it had not been able to find any ‘viable alternatives’ other than closure as production will now move from the Annan site to Grimsby. Trade union and cross-party efforts have been ongoing throughout that period to try to save the 450 direct jobs.  Closure of the Pinney’s seafood factory will now take place towards the end of the year.

Unite Scotland industrial officer Andy MacFarlane, said: “Unite Scotland are extremely disappointed that the company have stated they can’t secure future production at the Annan site at the end of consultation period. However, it’s hardly a surprise in light of the company’s actions. Let’s be clear, Young’s made a premeditated and ruthless decision to remove the possibility of future work by transferring production to Grimsby while resigning specific strands of the business with M&S knowing the impact on the Annan site. This made the consultation a sham and hollow process.

“The workforce is devastated. Whole families and communities will be affected by this decision. If there are any interested parties then we would encourage them to come forward immediately with concrete proposals.“

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For further comment contact Andy MacFarlane 07810 157921