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GMB Brands Pladis Tollcross Closure Proposal “Utterly Shameful”

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

GMB Brands Pladis Tollcross Closure Proposal “Utterly Shameful”

Responding to this afternoon’s (Tuesday 11 May) breaking news that snack giants pladis has announced proposals to close the McVitie’s biscuit manufacturing site at Tollcross, Glasgow, which currently employs over 460 staff, GMB Scotland Secretary Gary Smith said:

“This is an utterly shameful decision by pladis – the lowest of the low after a wretched year.

“Staff have worked through the COVID-19 pandemic because management insist these are key workers, helping this business increase its lockdown sales into billions of pounds, but instead of re-investing some of that money back into the Tollcross plant and its dedicated workforce, management are rewarding them with the closure of their site within a year.

“David Murray (pladis UK & Ireland Managing Director) has no clue how important this plant is to the local economy or what the implications of it’s closure will be. There has been no indication or presentation of the “comprehensive business analysis” which the company speaks of, and we’re not prepared to wait for formal consultation either.

“We want full transparency from pladis immediately on the rationale for this proposal, and we will absolutely fight against this closure.”


Contact: GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077.

Notes to Editors:

‘Glasgow McVitie’s staff ‘afraid’ of catching coronavirus at work’, Glasgow Times, 2 April 2020, access at: <<Glasgow McVities staff 'afraid' of catching coronavirus at work, union's survey shows | Glasgow Times>>

‘Pladis profits soar as global revenues pass £2bn’ The Grocer, 13 August 2020, access at: << Pladis profits soar as global revenues pass £2bn | News | The Grocer>>