A consultation has failed to find a way to keep open a chicken processing plant employing 450 people, 2 Sisters Food Group said. The plant, located in Cambuslang, east of Glasgow, is “seriously loss making,” the firm said, and will cease production in August.
A spokesman for the business said: “Following an extensive period of consultation with colleagues and external agencies, it is with regret that we can confirm the closure of our site in Cambuslang. This is not a decision we take lightly. Since day one, we have been very open on the big challenges the factory faces. In fact we have been trying extremely hard to reverse the position for a considerable period of time.
“We have invested several million pounds since 2014 and expanded by taking on more people, yet it is still a heavily loss-making operation. We have tried every turnaround option available to us for several years, ranging from cost reduction measures and an attempt to grow the business organically. It has made little difference. And after many hours of talks in recent weeks, we have not seen any credible proposal to change our view.”
Unite the union described the statement as “crocodile tears” and said the decision was a forgone conclusion.
2 Sisters said it would try to minimise redundancies and try to redeploy workers in other sites.