Unite the union has today (Tuesday 17 December) slammed the decision by Cummins UK management to proceed with the closure of its manufacturing operations in Cumbernauld a week before Christmas.

In October the company announced a consultation on the closure of the factory affecting around 130 workers. Cummins UK specialises in the distribution of engines and generators in operation for various industries including marine, retail, oil and gas, and telecommunications.

Unite along with the Scottish government has been working to explore viable options to keep the factory open during the 90 day consultation period. However, Cummins UK management has refused to positively engage despite the Scottish government offering financial assistance in order to diversify the factory into the development and production of hydrogen cell batteries, and the union presenting plans to reduce operational costs. The company is intent on closing the factory despite admitting that it did not need to before autumn 2020 prior to these plans being brought forward.

Unite regional industrial officer, Pat McIlvogue, said: “Cummins UK management are shamefully intent on wrecking Christmas for 130 workers and their families. In fact, by their own admission they didn't need to close the factory until next autumn. Throughout this 90 day consultation period on the proposed redundancies, the management have rejected every viable option brought forward to make the factory sustainable rendering their own arguments redundant. Credit must also be given to the Scottish government for working with Unite throughout this period to keep the factory open. Unfortunately, it’s another example of corporate callousness and management must hang their heads in shame.”


Notes to editors:

Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.