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2 SISTERS PROPOSED CLOSURE HIGHLIGHTED ONCE MORE IN PARLIAMENT
Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey last week (8th March) raised the proposed closure of the 2 Sisters plant in Cambuslang with the Scottish Government at Holyrood.
As we have been reporting over the last two months, the company are consulting on whether to cease their operations at their Cambuslang site – a decision which could result in 450 jobs being lost. Clare Haughey MSP has been actively involved since the company’s announcement last month, and has raised the matter twice in the Scottish Parliament.
The SNP MSP asked the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, to outline the “range of activities” that the Scottish Government and its external agencies have undertaken in their attempts to “find a positive resolution for the workers and the wider community”. In response, the Minister advised on the numerous bodies involved, and highlighted specific actions which are being looked at to ensure the plant remains viable.
Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:
“This is the second occasion that I have raised the proposed closure of the 2 Sisters factory in Parliament, and the second occasion that I have been reassured by the Scottish Government’s response.
“As the Business Minister outlined, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work has been working closely with the trade unions and company representatives, whilst the governmental agencies Scottish Enterprise and PACE have been actively involved too. The Government is also looking at the support which can be provided by the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service and Skills Development Scotland.
“I was also pleased to hear that the Government is specifically looking at grants to help with the company’s capital issues, as well as at training, research and development support that could be offered.
“My concerns remain with the workers of the plant, and I can assure them that I will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure I am doing all I can to assist them during this difficult time.”
The transcript between Clare Haughey MSP and the Scottish Government’s Business Minister can be read here:
Below is a screenshot of Clare Haughey MSP during the question session (taken 8th March).
Date published: 8th March 2018