2 Sisters Bosses ‘Slammed Door Shut On Further talks’
Unite has accused 2 Sisters bosses of breaching their legal obligations in Cambuslang, after it was revealed that the company refused to even consider extending the consultation period.
The union claims that a board decision had been reached before a consultation was even begun, and that all attempts by management to appear to be doing something were just an extended PR exercise for a company that has badly let down its workers and the community in Cambuslang. Unite is now seeking legal advice on this matter.
Unite convenor Scot Walker says: “We met with the 2 Sisters’ management last week and asked for an extension to the consultation period so that the union could make further approaches to the Scottish Government who had offered further assistance, including the First Minister's involvement, to get it over the line. The company turned that down flat. They told us the factory was closing and that the consultation on that could not be extended.”
“In the message to workers today there is a great shedding of written crocodile tears. The reality is different. It is about a closure decision that was already reached before consultation began. And then a process to deliver the company’s foregone conclusion. What a shabby way to treat a workforce that has shown great loyalty to this company.”
Commenting on the closure, Labour MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West Ged Killen said:
“This announcement is a devastating blow for the workforce, their families and the wider community in Cambuslang.
“I want to thank Scot Walker and Unite the Union for their considerable effort in trying to save these jobs, I know how disappointed they will be that no viable alternative could be agreed.
"The priority now must be securing the best possible outcome for the workers who will be affected and I will do whatever I can to help in that process.
“I was disappointed that the Scottish Government did not seek the opportunity to appoint a dedicated taskforce to avoid job losses. I will now be making representations to the Scottish Government for support to mitigate the impact of the closure on the local community."