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Trade union organises demonstration over McVitie's factory closure plans



Trade union GMB Scotland has arranged for McVitie’s workers to protest tomorrow morning to “send a message” to the owners in a bid to save their jobs.

It follows parent company Pladis announcing plans to close the historic factory, putting 468 jobs at risk in the east end of Glasgow.

The demonstration will adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines and local restrictions, with workers being supported by the local community and elected representatives.

Earlier this week, GMB accused Pladis of betraying the Tollcross workers, after it contributed to the company’s £2.1bn revenue, £186m in operating profits, and the strongest industry growth reported in the last five years.

GMB Scotland secretary Gary Smith said: “McVitie’s has been in the East end of Glasgow for nearly a century.

“This is the story of a company that has thrived during the Covid-19 crisis, generating eye-watering revenues and profits, and thanks in no small part to the efforts of a workforce who are now being rewarded with the closure of their plant – it’s utterly shameful.”

As a result of the uproar following the initial closure plan announcement, the Scottish Government launched an action group alongside Glasgow City Council to explore all options to secure the future of the McVitie’s factory.

Business Minister Jamie Hepburn and Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken will jointly chair the group, which will also include trade unions, Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and Clyde Gateway, with advice from industry experts.

The group will consider all viable counter-proposals, reviewing the business case put forward by the company to identify potential alternatives to site closure.

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The 90-day consultation began yesterday.

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