Union: UB to cut 202 jobs at McVitie’s Glasgow

Euston / UK. (gmb) «202 job losses at McVitie´s Glasgow is devastating and wholly unexpected bad news in run up to christmas», says the British workers union GMB. «We are seeking an early meeting with the company as they want the restructuring completed by mid 2015», says GMB. GMB, the union for staff at United Biscuits (UB), commented on the company announcement of 202 job losses at the McVitie’s factory in Toll Cross in Glasgow on Friday 28th November. Earlier this month Murat Ülker took over the McVitie’s factory: Private equity funds managed by Blackstone and PAI Partners announced the sale of United Biscuits to Yildiz Holding (see b:eu on 2014-11-05). Harry Donaldson, Secretary GMB Scotland: «The Chief Executive Martin Glenn met with each shift at Toll Cross starting at 05:00 am. He delivered devastating and wholly unexpected bad news that there would be 202 job losses out of the 700 jobs at the plant. His message was bitter sweet as he also announced the badly needed investment plans that the plant has been crying out for over many years. This has come at the worst time of year in the run up to Christmas. GMB will support all members at this difficult time. GMB is seeking an early meeting with the company as they want the restructuring completed by mid 2015». GMB has also arranged to meet Margaret Curran the local MP on Monday 24th October. The union will be seeking the involvement of the Scottish Government in this. The Union wants the Scottish Government to set up a Taskforce to focus on bringing needed investment and development in the Toll Cross area, GMB said in its statement.

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