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Pladis Action Group makes fresh proposal



The Pladis Action Group will today table a fresh proposal to the company’s management, in a further attempt to agree a way forward that would secure the McVitie’s manufacturing jobs in Glasgow.

This follows work carried out by the group to explore all potential options to maintain the manufacturing plant in the city.

The Scottish Government formed the group in May in an attempt to save the 470 jobs threatened by McVitie’s parent company Pladis’ plans to close the historic Tollcross factory.

The most recent update at the end of last month represented the first time its members met with representatives from the group since it lodged HR1 redundancy notices on 17 June.

Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said: “The Action Group have together worked at pace to identify and explore options to secure the future of these crucial manufacturing jobs in Glasgow.

“I would hope and expect the senior management at Pladis to now study the proposals carefully, and to engage with the Action Group on them in a constructive and thorough manner.”

Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The partners across the Action Group have worked tirelessly over the last few weeks to pull this counter-proposal together – this proposal is compelling and would secure a future for Pladis in the city.”

GMB Scotland organiser David Hume said: “We believe the proposal offers Pladis everything it needs to maintain manufacturing in the East End of Glasgow for the next generation, ensuring employment and opportunity for the local community that depends on it.

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“It also represents months of hard work on behalf of the unions and action group representatives to support the workforce, who are fighting so hard for their futures.”

Unite industrial officer Pat McIlvogue added: “The trade unions along with the Scottish Government and other key stakeholders have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring forward a commercially viable alternative to the closure of the McVitie’s plant at Tollcross.

“We believe that the proposal put forward to build a new factory on a nearby site will produce efficiency savings and make this one of the most advanced biscuit manufacturing sites in the UK.”

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