GMB Scotland Calls For Full Transparency From Carron Phoenix Owner Over Closure
We will use every tool at our disposal to get the full facts and to help defend Scottish manufacturing jobs says GMB
GMB Scotland has today (Monday 6 June) called for full transparency from Carron Phoenix parent company Franke over the economic arguments for the closure of the historic Falkirk manufacturer.
On the back of growing political support for the workforce and criticism of Franke President Michael Pieper’s refusal to discuss alternatives to Carron’s closure by the end of 2017, the union is calling on Franke to commission an independent study on the viability of continued production in Falkirk – a mandatory requirement of companies in many other EU states.
Workforce anger has heightened after the firm hired temporary staff to help deal with an increased demand for Carron’s high-quality sink products, while it has emerged that trade union representatives have been ignored by the company over appointments to its European Works Council (EWC).
GMB Scotland Organiser Gary Cook said: “The support for our members and for skilled manufacturing is growing daily, from the First Minster to our MEPs, but one man in a Swiss office is refusing to listen.
It seems Michael Pieper doesn’t want to speak to his workers over the closure of Carron but GMB Scotland says if he has nothing to hide then why won’t the commission an independent report into the sustainable viability of production in Falkirk?
We need full transparency because Pieper is rebuffing our elected representatives and he is ignoring the recognised trade union on the shop floor, yet temporary labour is being drafted in to deal with a full order book.
This looks like a productive and profitable business, not an “unsustainable” plant as Pieper claims, so GMB Scotland will use every tool at our disposal to get the full facts and to help defend Scottish manufacturing jobs.”
Contact: GMB Scotland Organiser Gary Cook on 07712 677594 or Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications, on 07976 447077.