SNP Conference sends message of solidarity to Pinneys’ workforce

SNP members sent a strong message of support to the Pinneys’ workforce on Friday – unanimously passing a resolution at the Party’s conference condemning Young’s Seafood for closing the factory in Annan.


The emergency motion – proposed by MSP Joan McAlpine – condemned the devastating impact of the decision taken by Young’s Seafood to close the site, and recognised the work of the Pinneys Action Group. The motion was seconded by Councillor Rob Davidson, Depute Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council.


Speaking to Conference, Ms McAlpine said:


“The council has calculated that the total job losses in Annan will be one thousand – ten per cent of Annan’s population, and if that was translated to Glasgow it would be the equivalent of 59 thousand people which is quite unthinkable.


“Young’s is a faceless producer run by faceless corporate investors. They took over Pinneys – in my view – to get access to the company’s lucrative supermarket contracts and they wanted to move the jobs to Grimsby, and have wanted to do that for a long time.


She added:


“I am delighted that Conference passed my resolution unanimously – sending a strong message that the SNP is completely behind the people of Annan and against the kind of corporate greed that has resulted in the loss of their jobs.


“The work continues now to secure continued employment for the people who are facing job losses. Our Business Minister Paul Wheelhouse and the Pinneys’ Action group continue to work hard towards this end. Mr Wheelhouse last week demanded that Young’s suspend redundancies at Pinneys as a serious buyer for the site came forward.”