25 jobs to be cut from Glensanda
A ‘ SHOCKED’ highly-skilled workforce learned that 25 people are to be made redundant after its parent company contracted work to a new company operating in the UK, writes Louise Glen.
It is understood the job losses are due to come into force as soon as August 1.
In an anonymous letter to the newspaper, the staff said: ‘The Aggregate Industries’ site at Glensanda quarry, near Oban, have awarded the primary load and haul contract to a Spanish company, a newly created business named Oban Earth Works Limited.
‘The new company is due to take over control on August 1, 2017, and as of June 28 the workforce has been told that there will be 25 redundancies, this number is more than half the workforce in the primary area at the top of the hill.
‘The workforce is in shock. There are workers who have been there for many years – some with more than 30 years’ service. Most of the workforce are local to the Oban and the Fort William area.
‘They have been through four previous contract changes in the past 12 years and, under TUPE employment law [rules that govern the transfer of staff between businesses], have carried on with business as usual until now.
‘We feel that this a huge loss of jobs for the area and needs to be highlighted in the media.’
Oban Earth Works Limited does not operate in the UK yet and its Spanish parent company, Ferpi Transportes, was unable to answer questions on the contract and staff losses in English.
MSP Michael Russell said: ‘I am very concerned at the loss of jobs at the quarry, particularly as it is such a successful and profitable local business.
‘I would have thought the operators would have wished to retain loyal staff and I hope this can be resolved by good employment practice which must ensure that transfer of work within a business, even to an outside contractor, also means transfer of staff.’
An Aggregate Industries spokesperson said: ‘As with any commercial operation, it’s important for Aggregate Industries to review and renew our partnerships, to ensure we can offer the best service available.
‘We are switching load and haul provider at our plant in Glensanda, and as part of that process there are individuals who will be TUPE transferred from our current provider Hargreaves, to our new one Ferpi.
‘We appreciate that this is a potentially difficult time for those individuals affected.’