In response to the news that 78 Corus steelworkers jobs are to be lost along with plans to close its distribution facility at Mossend near Bellshill and the news that E-On are to close their Tannochside call centre near Uddingston with the loss of 40 jobs, Alex Neil MSP said:
“This double blow to jobs in Lanarkshire is very dire indeed. The loss of any job is unfortunate but in the case of Corus it is particularly galling given that the factory is doing well and the redundancies are simply a cost cutting exercise.
“With regard to the E-ON situation First Minister Alex Salmond has given assurances today that he will make representation to Scottish and Southern Energy to see if jobs can be transferred to their facility in Cumbernauld. Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) will also be called upon to offer assistance.
“I am absolutely astounded at Michael McMahon’s decision to vote against the Scottish Budget on Wednesday when he knew of these job losses. He knowingly put at risk the resources to help people facing or who have been made redundant contained in the Budget.
“Mr McMahon has betrayed his constituents in Hamilton North and Bellshill, especially those made redundant this week, by voting against the Budget in full knowledge of these redundancies and the help for them that was contained within it. He has also turned his back on the money pledged to help apprentices which included resources to keep them in training if their employer went bust.
“These resources are now under serious threat because of the irresponsible posturing of Mr McMahon and his Labour colleagues who are playing dangerous party politics with Scotland’s economy. Their no votes could do very serious damage to the Lanarkshire and Scottish economies as we will face more job losses over the coming months.