Hall’s of Broxburn “We were hoping against hope it could be saved.”

Glasgow_Herald_newspaper_front_pageUsdaw members at the Hall’s of Broxburn site have been left devastated by the news today that the owner of the meat processing plant rejected two last-minute bids to save the factory.

 

The Herald reports that Dutch food group Vion, which owns the factory, said neither of the offers “constitutes a viable and sustainable alternative” to its closure.

 

Usdaw divisional officer Lawrence Wason said: “We will now be working with the company to put in place facilities to help the workforce seek alternative employment and secure the best possible redundancy terms to help cushion the blow of such massive job losses. We have also met with West Lothian Council representatives to explore the ways in which help and support can be offered to the workforce over the coming months.”

The news comes less than a fortnight after a 90-day consultation period involving Usdaw, local politicians and the Scottish Government ended.

Following the consultation Usdaw Deputy Divisional Officer Stewart Forrest had challenged Vion to ‘think again’ he said: “This is disastrous news for the workforce, for the local economy and for Scotland.

“All credit to our Reps on the site and the Task Force who investigated every possible alternative to closure during the last three months.”

 

 

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