Jobs to go at Devro plant

The Devro plant in Moodiesburn
The Devro plant in Moodiesburn

Factory workers are facing an uncertain future after company bosses announced major redundancies are imminent.

Devro, who make sausage skins for the food industry, last week advised that it was entering a 45-day consultation period with a view to shedding around 130 jobs from its factories in Moodiesburn and Bellshill.

Bosses say the local lay-offs are needed to “best take advantage of new opportunities in emerging markets”.

Chief executive Peter Page said the decision had been made after “months of careful consideration”.

He added: “I realise the impact the changes would have on employees, their families and the community. They are all valued colleagues and their commitment makes Devro a very special place to work.

“We will ensure that their needs and concerns are listened to carefully during the consultation period and beyond.

“We have written to everyone who may be affected today to outline the proposed changes and the comprehensive support package on offer to assist with planning for the future.”

Unite industrial officer Tam Connarty said: “These are dark times for manufacturing jobs in Scotland and our crucial food manufacturing sector is particularly bearing the brunt of this ongoing decline.

“We’re constantly being told that an economic recovery is underway but I can tell you it’s not being felt by working people and their families in towns and communities across the likes of Lanarkshire.

“Unite will do everything we can to offset as many of these redundancies as we can but the fact is we are swimming against the tide on our own.”