468 jobs go

Forbes concedes defeat in bid save McVities plant

McVities-Glasgow

Doomed: biscuit factory

Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes today conceded defeat in the battle to save a historic biscuit factory.

An action group met for a ninth time to discuss measures to prevent the closure of the McVities plant in Glasgow, but the owner, Pladis, has rejected its plans to save it and 468 jobs.

Speaking following the meeting, Ms Forbes said: “The Pladis Action Group has worked tirelessly to develop and table credible, sensible counter proposals for consideration by Pladis to retain its presence in Scotland and retain the jobs of the skilled workforce.

“I very sadly accept that our attempts to persuade Pladis that there was a viable alternative to closure have not been successful.

“My thoughts are with the workforce and their families who are now facing a redundancy situation, and we will continue to support them throughout this next period.

“Pladis has always indicated a responsibility and willingness to discuss the potential legacy options for the site and we look forward to engaging constructively with them on what we can achieve to fulfil this ambition.”

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