Unite Scotland has launched a campaign to save jobs at the construction firm Marshalls based in Falkirk. The firm which specialises in landscaping and concrete recently announced around 95 job losses with production set to move to other sites across the UK.

Unite in response has launched a campaign highlighting several cost-saving measures which could improve the viability of the plant post-Covid-19. The workforce is currently furloughed under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme but despite the financial assistance the company has opened a consultation on redundancies. The trade union as part of its campaign has also targeted local politicians and the Scottish government for support to retain the jobs in Falkirk.

Scott Foley, Unite industrial officer, said: “The decision by Marshalls to announce 95 redundancies will have a major impact on the local economy including the supply chain. Despite stating publicly their concerns over the financial impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the company, the directors have still found the time to award themselves inflated bonuses and enhanced remuneration packages. We believe this decision is needless and premature. Unite has launched a campaign to retain the jobs in Falkirk and we will leave no stone unturned. We ask the local community and politicians to support the workers and together do all we can to get Marshalls to change its mind.”

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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.