86 jobs to go

Fife laundry to close after u-turn by new French owner

Berendsen Elis

Factory workers had been told only recently that their jobs were safe (pic: Google)


A Fife laundry, whose future was thought to be secure following a takeover, is to close with the loss of 86 jobs.

Elis has confirmed that it will be shutting its Kirkcaldy site in April and will move operations to Glasgow. The decision comes despite efforts by trade union negotiators to save the plant.

Employees at the firm, which was formerly known as Berendsen, had been assured that the Randolph Industrial Estate factory would remain open following the takeover by its new French owner.

The firm, which provides linens, workwear and equipment to the pharmaceutical industry as well as restaurants, hotels, hospitals, was taken over by Elis in 2017.

Usdaw area organiser Tony Sneddon says: “I am deeply saddened to confirm that despite extensive consultations with the company we were unable to prevent the site from closing.

“The news is a further blow to staff who faced the possibility of redundancies last year and had won the battle to keep the site open.

“We are now focusing on getting the best deal for members and helping them find alternative work.”

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