Talks over jobs blow at rail firm in North Glasgow

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A DETERMINED MSP is meeting with bosses at a North Glasgow firm where 33 people were made redundant when it plunging into administration.

Following the announcement last week that Railcare was to go into administration, Bob Doris, SNP MSP for Glasgow, is to meet with the company’s Head of Production at Springburn, as well as administrators, to discuss what support is needed to secure a successful sale of the business and retain as many jobs as possible for the highly-skilled workforce.

Mr Doris has also contacted the Scottish Government to ask that it take steps to protect jobs.

He welcomed news that the Government’s PACE team have already met with the company and that John Swinney, Scotland’s Finance Minister, is set to hold talks with the RMT Union over the matter.

Mr Doris said: “The UK Government’s mishandling of the West Coast mainline franchise appears to have been a crucial element in undermining the financial viability of Railcare and it is shameful that it is sitting on its hands and allowing this highly-skilled workforce’s jobs to be threatened.

“Fortunately, the Scottish Government has been much more proactive in seeking a solution. Offering PACE team support and meeting with the Unite union to discuss the situation demonstrates that willingness.

“George Osborne and Ruth Davidson visited Railcare during the Glasgow North East by-election to stress the importance of the company so it really is a dereliction of duty by the UK Government to stand by and ignore their current plight.

“I will be meeting with administrators shortly and am keen to establish what assistance is needed to retain as many jobs as possible and to ensure an appropriate buyer is found.”

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