11 Jul 2012

Labour MP for Glasgow East and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Margaret Curran, has been urged to stop playing politics with people’s jobs after she falsely accused the Scottish Government of failing to help a Glasgow sausage factory from closure.

Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International and Clyde Gateway have been helping Freshlink in Shettleston for over a year.

Recently, 150 employees at the plant were told the factory is undergoing a 90-day consultation period while the owners consider future options for the business..

John Mason, SNP MSP for Shettleston, who has already met with Freshlink’s management said:

“My priority is trying to help keep local people in work – not play politics with people’s jobs.

“Margaret Curran should retract her damaging and false remarks. If she’s been speaking to the factory, then she will know full well the Scottish Government’s agencies have been working with Freshlink for over a year. Why is she choosing to ignore that?

“Politicians must unite to help those whose livelihoods are at stake, which is why Ms Curran must stop playing politics on this serious issue.

“While her interest appears to be cooking up bogus attempts to bash the government, the SNP’s efforts are focused on saving jobs and growing our economy.”

Mr Mason added:

“Any job losses in the East End – where unemployment has actually fallen over the last year – is a serious blow to the area.

“I met with factory management recently and know they have been offered a generous package to help keep them within the area.

“There is a large and skilled workforce in the East End and I hope a resolution can be found to do what’s best for those employed at the site.”