Factory plan

Action group calls for new McVities plant to save jobs

McVities-Glasgow

Set to close: the McVities plant in Glasgow’s east end

Campaigners trying to save the McVities biscuit factory in Glasgow will today propose that a new cost-efficient plant is built on a nearby site.

The Pladis Action Group believes there is scope to create one of the most advanced biscuit manufacturing sites in the UK.

It said it had explored all potential options to maintain manufacturing in the city after the company announced in May that it planned to shut the east end facility with the loss of 468 jobs.

McVities has roots in Scotland stretching back 200 years, but its Turkish owner, a global snacking company, has blamed excess capacity across its UK sites and a need to ensure it can continue to invest in the success of the business.

The factory at Tollcross manufactures a range of notable products including Hobnobs and Rich Tea Biscuits.

So far the company has failed to be persuaded by pleas to drop its plans and has issued redundancy notices to employees.

It is understood that plant boss David Murray will not attend today’s meeting.

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