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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

GMB Scotland Meet Scottish Government Minister Fergus Ewing On Wed 13th Jan To Try To Save Jobs In Hawick Knitwear In Receivership

We will be pushing the Minister to ensure he plays his part to keep this plant open, help to find a new buyer and save the remaining jobs says GMB Scotland.

GMB Scotland, the union for workers in the knitwear industry, is meeting with Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Government Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, this morning (13th January) to discuss how to save jobs, following the decision to put Hawick Knitwear into receivership.

The company which employers 179 workers went into receivership on Thursday 7th January with the immediate loss of 123 jobs and 56 workers remaining to complete existing work.

Paul Grieve, GMB Scotland regional officer, said "We may be light years away from the halcyon days of the knitwear industry in the Borders but the industry is still important to the Borders economy and Hawick in particular. It is important therefore that all the stops are pulled out to maintain Hawick Knitwear as a going concern.

The company has an experienced skilled workforce with the ability to produce a high quality product. We will work with all parties to ensure there is a future for this plant.

GMB Scotland will be pushing the Minister to ensure he plays his part to keep this plant open, help to find a new buyer and save the remaining jobs. We will be pushing him to enable the company to be built back up again and provide employment opportunities for those who have seen their jobs disappear over the last week.

Indeed there is a lot of merit in the Scottish Government considering setting up a special taskforce to see what can be done to promote the regeneration of the Borders knitwear industry. GMB Scotland will play its full part in any taskforce."

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Contact: Paul Grieve 07912 894960 or Alex McLuckie 07885 348269 or Gary Smith 07710 618909 or GMB Scotland 0141 332 8641 or GMB Press Office 07921 289880 or 07974 251823 or 07860 401860. 

 

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