Plan rejected

Pladis to shut McVities factory with 468 job losses


Plant in Tollcross is to close

McVities owner Pladis has rejected appeals to save the biscuit factory in Tollcross, Glasgow and will go ahead with closing it as planned.

The company said it reached its decision after “carefully reviewing alternative proposalsl” put forward by trade unions and government representatives. 

In a statement it said the these proposals did not present a viable alternative to the original proposal.   

The company employs 468 staff at the site.

The rationale for the proposed closure, first communicated to employees on 11 May, is to address excess capacity across Pladis’ UK sites and protect the long-term sustainability of the business, said the company.   

Production from Tollcross will move to other Pladis sites within the UK and the factory is expected to cease operations in the second half of 2022.  

As part of the formal consultation process, Pladis has been meeting with employees and their representatives for over three months where the business presented and answered questions on its proposal.

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Pladis said it has also engaged regularly with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, co-chairs of the Action Group, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes, Councillor Susan Aitken, and Scottish Enterprise, throughout the process to date.  

However, there was criticism that David Murray, Pladis UK & Ireland managing director, did not attend the recent meeting to discuss the alternative proposals, which included investment in a new and more efficient factory on the site.

The consultation process will continue, focussing on the collective redundancy arrangements. 

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