STUC Joins with Local Politician to Support Sacked USC Workers

January 14th 2015

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) with the support of Graeme Pearson MSP has announced plans to support USC workers facing dismissal following the announcement to close the distribution facility at Dundonald, leaving 150 workers with an uncertain future.

Grahame Smith STUC General Secretary said: “Once again the futures of hard working people are being placed at risk by employers seizing the opportunity presented by the deregulatory agenda of the coalition Government.

“This Government cares little about the rights of workers, instead condoning the practices of employers such as USC and Sport Direct.

“South Ayrshire and communities like Dundonald can ill afford to lose these jobs and we will ensure that those directly affected by this heartless decision receive their full entitlement to any redundancy payment they are due, including compensation for any unworked notice periods.

“This is why the STUC, with the support of Graeme Pearson MSP, have arranged to provide legal advice for USC workers and we hope to speak to as many as possible this Friday.”

Graeme Pearson MSP said: “It is important that the USC workers are fully aware of their legal rights during this difficult time. I am pleased that the STUC and Thompsons solicitors are able to provide advice and support to those affected by what is happening in Dundonald.

“I will be happy to provide any help and assistance I can to the Dundonald workers, and I hope as many of them as possible are able to attend Friday’s meeting.”

ENDS

For further information contact Ian Tasker 0141 337 8100 itasker@stuc.org.uk

Notes to Editors

The meeting for USC workers

When: 10.30am on Friday 17th January

Where: Reception Room, Grand Hall, 9 Green Street, Kilmarnock KA1 3BN

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