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McVities workers ask public to help push M&S towards Tollcross intervention

Friday, July 2, 2021


McVities workers ask public to help push M&S towards Tollcross intervention

McVitie’s workers in Tollcross are seeking the backing of the food and retail giant M&S in their campaign to save the closure-threatened manufacturing site - and they are asking the Glasgow public to help.

Union representatives have written to M&S Chief Executive Steve Rowe, a key client of the Tollcross site which produces mallow biscuits for M&S, alerting him to the workers’ fight to keep manufacturing in the East End.

Workers will leaflet the public tomorrow (Saturday 3 July) outside the Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street branches of M&S from 11AM to 1PM, asking them to email Mr Rowe and contact M&S social media accounts, urging an intervention with McVitie’s owners, pladis.

GMB Scotland Organiser David Hume said:

“The support from the Glasgow public for our members’ campaign has been superb so far, and tomorrow we’ll ask for their help again to make sure M&S understand the impact of pladis’ planned closure of Tollcross.

“We have said that we will explore every possible avenue to save jobs and manufacturing in the East End and leveraging pladis’ key clients is part of that process. The Tollcross site is a long-standing supplier of products to M&S and we need that to continue.

“The workforce has been loud and clear that this is their factory, their future, and they are going to fight for it, and with the help of the city they’ll take that take that message into the boardrooms of pladis’ lucrative list of clients.”


Contact: GMB Scotland Organiser David Hume on 07931 796733.