Tullis Russell job losses the last straw for abject UK redundancy laws
30 April 2015
The UK’s abject redundancy laws must be urgently strengthened in the next Westminster parliament after Unite called the quick-fire dismissal of 325 staff at Tullis Russell ‘the last straw’.
Unite’s call comes ahead of an emergency meeting of the Tullis Russell workforce today (Thursday 30 April) to discuss their collective futures and their union’s role on the Scottish government’s task force group.
Earlier this week the long-standing employee-owned paper mill in Markinch, Fife, announced it was entering administration without any consultation from the company directors to the workers’ board.
Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “The shock redundancies affecting 325 workers is the last straw after five horrendous years for UK employment rights – many of our members were woken by phone calls telling them they were sacked.
“Time and again we see that workers in Britain are among the easiest to fire in the European Union and the 45 day consultation notice, cut from 90 days by the coalition government in the last parliament, is worthless.
“If company directors are not prepared to properly consult with their employees in a co-operative then what chance have workers across the rest of the country got?
“We will do everything we possibly can via the Scottish government’s task force to secure a future for the Tullis Russell workers and the Markinch plant but employment law in the UK cannot continue like this.
“The law needs urgent change to better protect workers, communities and also the general public who usually end up footing the bill for companies who abandon their responsibilities.”
For further information please contact Unite regional officer Dougie Maguire on 07810 157925 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.
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Notes to editors
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.