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100 Fife Manufacturing Jobs Under Threat

Monday, February 8, 2016

GMB Scotland Call On Scottish Government To Intervene To Save 100 Manufacturing Jobs In Fife Under Threat Of Plant Moving To Germany

A board meeting later this week will decide to consolidate into a single plant and that there is a real possibility that the plant will be in Germany and not Scotland says GMB Scotland.

GMB Scotland, the union for engineering workers, is calling on the Scottish Government to intervene to save 100 jobs under threat at Pfaudler Balfour in Leven in Fife.

There is a main Board meeting in Germany later this week which will consider whether to consolidate investment in a single plant which could be either in Germany or in Scotland. GMB Scotland is concerned that workers in the UK are easier to sack than workers in Germany which could tip the decision against Scotland.

Gary Smith, GMB Scotland Secretary, said “GMB Scotland has been informed that the company considers that its market supplying equipment to the pharmaceutical industry does not favour keeping two plants open. It is considering whether it should consolidate investment in a single plant.

GMB Scotland is concerned that at a main Board meeting in Germany later this week a decision could be made to consolidate into a single plant and that there is a real possibility that the investment will be made in Germany and not Scotland.

One of the reasons that the board may choose Germany is that it is easier and cheaper to sack workers in Scotland due to lax employment laws in the UK.

The Scottish Government should seek an immediate meeting with company management before the board meeting to ascertain what the company’s plans are and how the Government can assist in keeping this long established plant in Scotland.

Manufacturing jobs are being hammered in Fife. Fife Joinery closed late last year, the BIFab yard is on its knees and now this plant is under threat. The Scottish Government has to act to stop this carnage of jobs.”

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Contact: Alan Ritchie 07813 541791 or Gary Smith 07710 618909 or 0141 332 8641 or GMB Press Office 07970 863411 or 07921 289880 or 07974 251823

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