The announcement by Greene and King that 65 jobs will be lost at their Belhaven site in Tullibody has been met with disappointment by Clacks MP, Luke Graham. Mr Graham, who last week visited the site to meet and speak with front line workers, as well as management, has condemned the job losses which will hit residents of Clackmannanshire.
Following the visit, Mr Graham has contacted the DWP at the local Job Centre in Alloa to ask them to provide proactive support directly to the staff who are currently facing the prospect of losing their jobs, should it be required.
The Alloa Job Centre have in place the Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE), the national strategic partnership framework for responding to redundancy situations, which aims to ensures that local public-sector agencies respond to potential and proposed redundancies as quickly and effectively as possible.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) leads on the delivery of PACE in conjunction with other partner organisations such as the Department for Work and Pensions, local authorities, the STUC and Citizen's Advice Scotland.
Luke Graham MP commented:
“I am extremely disappointed to hear about these job losses. I have visited the Belhaven site and spoken to front line workers, as well as management, to see what my office and I can do to help.
I have asked the local Job Centre to proactively get involved to help with anyone who is facing losing their job, and I am grateful that they have, of course, done so.
I will continue to stay in touch with the affected workforce to see what we can do to help ease the situation.”
PACE support is tailored to meet individual needs and local circumstances and may include: Jobcentre Plus services, one-to-one counselling, information packs, training, seminars on skills such as CV-writing and starting up a business, and access to IT facilities.
PACE offers free and impartial advice and is available to all individuals affected by redundancy, no matter the size of the business or how many employees are involved. PACE also works with insolvency practitioners to provide support where a business has gone into administration or liquidation.