Conference call​ from Fiona MSP

Photograph by  PHIL WILKINSON / TSPL copyright ''stock pic.''Fiona Hyslop MSP
Photograph by PHIL WILKINSON / TSPL copyright ''stock pic.''Fiona Hyslop MSP

LINLITHGOW MSP Fiona Hyslop has called upon Vion Hall’s to help fund recovery plans for the 1700 workers at the Broxburn plant.

The MSP raised the issue of job losses at Vion Hall’s of Broxburn at the Scottish National Party’s annual conference in Perth at the weekend.

She called on Vion to face up to its responsibility and contribute to the recovery plan, saying: “It is with deep sadness and regret that Vion has chosen to close its Hall’s of Broxburn factory.

“Vion need to realise the responsibility the company has to the experienced and loyal workforce following their rejection of the innovative offer from the Scottish Government and bids from interested parties.”

She told SNP members and delegates: “This conference shares the disappointment and frustration of the community in Broxburn and gives its support to the 1700 workers who have lost their jobs, recognising the impact that the closure will have across West Lothian.’’

The Linlithgow MSP welcomed the Scottish Government’s continuing commitment to the Hall’s of Broxburn taskforce and the recovery plan which will help staff find new training and employment 
opportunities, and lessen the impact of job losses.

Ms Hyslop said: “West Lothian has strong communities which are resilient and have recovered from major job losses in the past and can do so again and in rebuilding the local economy for the future.

Redundancies from the plant are predicted to begin as soon as next week. Sources say up to 200 employees could be released by next Friday, November 2.