“The Dawnfresh workers have been let down before and they need our support”

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More than 200 redundancies made as Dawnfresh Seafoods is forced into administration. 

Following the news that the UK’s largest producer of farmed rainbow trout, Dawnfresh Seafoods has been forced into administration and 200 redundancies made, politicians and union leaders have spoken out to condemn the treatment of the company’s employees.

Scottish Labour MSP Monica Lennon said she will be raising the issue of job losses at the Scottish Parliament.

She tweeted: “I am hearing worrying news this morning from the Dawnfresh site. I have reached out to union officials and offer my full support and solidarity to the workers.

“I will be raising questions in the Scottish Parliament to make sure everything possible is done to protect jobs and workers.

“The Dawnfresh workers have been let down before and they need our support.”

Bitterly disappointed
Meanwhile Stephanie Callaghan, SNP MSP for Uddingston and Bellshill, said she was “bitterly disappointed” at the news.

She said: “As the MSP for the Uddingston and Bellshill constituency, I have been working to facilitate dialogue and encourage interested parties to come forward.

“I am aware that one party has expressed an interest and made an offer, to take over the site and save all the jobs. I will continue to work proactively with others to fight for those affected by this closure and support a successful takeover of this crucial operation.”

Disgusted
Mark McHugh, Scottish organiser at the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, said: “We are disgusted at this decision by Dawnfresh. The workers at Uddingston have cooperated with the company all the way through the consultation process and went beyond the call of duty to maintain quality and production during the recent, busy festive period.

“What they have received in return is a litany of lies and broken promises. This business provided valuable jobs and could have been saved.

“The wellbeing of 200 loyal staff, their families and the local community has been disregarded at the whim of one man. The Scottish Government cannot sit idly by here. We will be seeking an urgent meeting with the minister so that we can explore all options to help the workers at Uddingston.”

Dawnfresh subsidiary Dawnfresh Farming, which operates the groups’ trout farms, will continue trading and is being marketed for sale by administrator FRP Advisory.

FRP has secured the sale of processing plant R.R Spink & Sons (Arbroath) to Scotland’s Associated Seafoods.