McAlpine calls for halt of Pinneys closure as plans to sell plant before summer are leaked

MSP Joan McAlpine has called on Young’s to halt the closure of Pinneys, as plans to sell the plant before the end of the consultation on the closure have come to light.


Young’s admitted to the plans after a source told the industry website Undercurrent News that the sales process is to begin in the next few weeks.


Ms McAlpine says the closure must be put on hold to allow for the action group to speak to the new owners.


The MSP said Young’s statement on the plan is damning and suggests that it makes a mockery of the consultation process, as well as promises from bosses to be transparent.


Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:


“I spoke with Young’s Chief Executive Bill Showalter just yesterday, and he stressed the company would be as transparent as possible throughout the process – but failed to mention these plans.


“It is imperative that the closure plans are put on hold so that the consultation can run its course, and so that the action group has the chance to talk to the new owners of the plant.


“I am absolutely appalled that the plans appearing in media before workers were informed via email.”


The news of the Young’s sale plan comes as Young’s Chief Executive Bill Showalter is meeting with Business Minister, Paul Wheelhouse today (Thursday)


Undercurrent News release revealing plans is available here: