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Abellio in more trouble as new jobs plan backfires

Dominic BoothScotRail operator Abellio is coming under pressure to reverse the closure of a Highlands call centre and move 19 jobs to Glasgow.

The Dutch state-owned company announced that it was creating 60 jobs in Glasgow’s international financial services district where it already handles customer enquiries, finance, payroll and procurement activities.

However, 19 jobs are being relocated from Fort William where, until a few years ago, 60 staff were employed.

Constituency MSP for Lochaber, Kate Forbes, criticised the decision. “I am disappointed to hear that Abellio plan to move the 19 jobs from its Fort William call centre to Glasgow, effectively shutting that office and I have made that clear to them in a phone call,” she said.

Abellio will consult with its employees in the Fort William call centre and all will be offered the opportunity to relocate to Glasgow with a package of support.

Dominic Booth (pictured), managing director of Abellio, said: “Abellio’s commitment to invest in Scotland will create at least sixty more jobs this year in Glasgow, as we grow and develop our customer support services.  This investment builds on our UK Headquarters which we committed to bring to Scotland in 2015.” 

 



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