25 jobs to be cut from Glen­sanda

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

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.’

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