Scottish Government business minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP yesterday (17th May) attended Rutherglen Town Hall for a roundtable discussion regarding the closure of the 2 Sisters factory in Cambuslang.
The meeting was secured by Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey who has been in close contact with the Scottish Government since the company announced it was considering shutting down its South Lanarkshire site earlier in the year.
Clare Haughey MSP was joined by other Rutherglen and Cambuslang elected representatives, as well as the head of South Lanarkshire Council Cllr John Ross and a number of council officers. The Scottish Government’s PACE team, its agency Scottish Enterprise, and representatives for 2 Sisters were also in attendance.
During the meeting, items such as support for the workers and future plans for the site were discussed, as well as an announcement that a PACE Jobs Fair will be held in at Westburn Community Hall on May 31.
Commenting afterwards, Clare Haughey MSP said:
“The meeting with the Scottish Government and other stakeholders was very productive. It is absolutely clear, everyone wants to support those who have lost their jobs and the wider community, and there is substantial work being done to that end.
“The Jobs Fair announced by the Minister is incredibly positive, and I would encourage all 2 Sisters staff who are in the process of looking for a new job to attend.
“I have actually been in contact with First Group this week who are also willing to speak with some of the workers with a view of perhaps taking them on, therefore there are certainly a number of opportunities available to the 2 Sisters staff.
“This remains an incredibly difficult time for those facing redundancy and the community, however support will continue to try and get people back into work as well as seeing how our local economy can be assisted.”