Jobs blow for Cumbernauld as firms announce closure of Westfield warehouse

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 21:35 on 20 August 2013.
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TWO Cumbernauld politicians have attacked courier firm DHL and retailer Marks and Spencer after it emerged that the firms were preparing to close a warehouse in Cumbernauld.

One-hundred and twenty jobs will be lost from Cumbernauld when the DHL plant at Westfield Industrial Estate closes, next spring.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that bosses at DHL and Marks and Spencer were looking into shutting the Orcharton Road facility, which is mainly used to stock clothing.

At the time, a spokesman for DHL confirmed said: “Staff have been informed of the decision”, adding “…they will shortly enter into consultation with site representatives to discuss their options. DHL will continue to work closely with Marks and Spencer to mitigate disruption to our colleagues during this difficult time.”

A spokesperson for Marks & Spencer added: “We understand that it will be an unsettling time for all involved and will do all we can to offer support throughout the process.”

This week, though, both firms confirmed that it was their intention to close the plant in spring 2014, and move operations to a facility in Leicestershire.

DHL and Marks and Spencer have claimed that the facility should be shut because it is under-utilised and costing too much to sustain. 

Whilst the news is a devastating blow, it has been announced that the firms have now launched a consultation into the feasibility of whether or not a cross-docking station – which employs 270 workers, on the site, can be saved from closure. 

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth SNP MSP, Jamie Hepburn, has expressed his concerns at the announcement, and has pledged his support to affected employees, as well as offering his support during negotiations between the facility’s bosses, employees and trade unions.

Meanwhile, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East Labour MP, Gregg McClymont has described the announcement as “very worrying”, adding: “Cumbernauld is an ideal location for supply chain businesses like DHL and I stand ready to work with bosses and trade union reps to find a solution which minimises job losses at the site.”

It has since been confirmed that bosses at the site are in discussions with shop stewards for the Unite union, whose spokesman said: “This [announcement] has been sprung upon us and the information itself has been pretty piecemeal. So we now want to get to the bottom of this.

“We do know however that those most likely to be affected are clerical staff and management as well as the warehouse staff.”

Commenting on the announcement, a spokesman for DHL said: “Staff will shortly enter into consultation with site representatives to discuss their options.”

He added: “We will continue to work closely with M&S to mitigate disruption to our colleagues.”

Marks and Spencer have also commented on the announcement. A company spokesman said: “We will now work closely with the operator, DHL, its employees and other stakeholders to discuss the future of the site.

“We understand that it will be an unsettling time for all involved and will do all we can to offer support throughout the process.”

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