Action plan

McVities owner urged to consider factory options

Jamie Hepburn

Jamie Hepburn: ‘devastating news’

Politicians, trade union leaders and development agency officials have come together to tackle the crisis facing almost 500 workers at the McVities biscuit factory in Glasgow which owner Pladis intends to close.

The company announced on 11 May that the Tollcross plant, which makes popular brands such as Hobnobs, will shut as part of a review of its future business needs.

It has put 468 jobs at risk at the plant which has roots in the original McVities business in the city.

Scottish Government Business Minister Jamie Hepburn and Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken will jointly chair the group, which will also include trade unions, Scottish Enterprise and other partners.

The group, which will also include representatives from Skills Development Scotland and Clyde Gateway, will consider any viable counter-proposals during the consultation that could result in a sustainable future.

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The plant at Tollcross is due to close

It will also review the business case put forward by the company to identify potential alternatives to site closure.

Mr Hepburn said: “This announcement has been devastating not just for those who work at the plant, but for their families and the wider east end of Glasgow.

“I have been clear that the Scottish Government will pursue every opportunity to find a viable and sustainable future for the plant and its workforce.

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“The action group will leave no stone unturned to come up with a proposition that demonstrates to the company the support which can be offered and help retain its strong historical links with the area.

“But we will require a willingness from Pladis to be engaged in the process.

“Having spoken to the unions and local politicians I am confident there is a shared desire to use the coming weeks to find a viable future for this plant.”

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