Festive factory blow

Cummins slammed for plant closure a week before Christmas

Cummins: ‘devastating news’

US engineering company Cummins has been criticised for putting more than 100 jobs at risk by closing its Cumbernauld plant a week before Christmas.

Business Minister Jamie Hepburn, the local SNP MSP, and Stuart McDonald, the new SNP MP for the area, were joined by trade unionists in condemning the decision.

In October, the Fortune 500 Corporation announced a ‘consultation’ on the future of the plant which refits diesel engines for industrial and transport use.

Since the announcement, there have been regular briefings involving Cummins, Unite the Union, Scottish Enterprise, and the Scottish Government. 

In a joint statement, the two SNP parliamentarians said: “This is devastating news and a terrible way to treat loyal and dedicated staff. 

” We do not accept that Cummins have properly explored the suggested alternatives that have been put to them, and no sensible reason for rejecting them has been provided to us.”

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