Devastated workers told production will be moved from Falkirk to Slovakia by the end of 2017.
GMB Scotland has called for urgent Scottish government intervention to save over two centuries of skilled manufacturing at Carron Phoenix in Falkirk, after the firm’s owners confirmed today (Monday 18 April) that full production will be relocated to Slovakia by the end of 2017.
Owned by Swiss conglomerate Franke Artemis Holdings, the firm manufactures granite sinks but is historically famed for making the cannons used by Wellington at Waterloo, the Royal Mail’s famous red postboxes and the iron casings which line the Clyde tunnel.
Despite a full order book exporting mainly to the European and Far East markets, devastated workers were told this afternoon production in Falkirk will be transferred to a new manufacturing facility in Slovakia.
Gary Cook, GMB Scotland Officer, said: “This is another hammer blow to the Scottish economy and the workers are absolutely devastated.
Once again Scottish workers are left pleading for a government intervention to try and save their livelihoods and skills - a depressingly familiar scenario that cannot continue unchallenged.
At the STUC Conference in Dundee this afternoon our trade unions are making the case to politicians currently on the campaign trail that we desperately need a meaningful industrial strategy to buck this manufacturing decline.
Yet at the same moment, over two hundred skilled jobs are being thrown on the unemployment scrap-heap as the manufacturing casualties continue to mount.
GMB Scotland will campaign to fight this closure but if this latest blow cannot focus the minds of our politicians on the crisis in manufacturing then I don’t know what will.”
Contact: Gary Cook on 07712 677594 or Peter Welsh on 07976 447077