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Scottish Government Must Intervene to Save Fort William Call Centre Jobs

5 February 2019

TSSA is seeking an urgent meeting with Abellio following their decision to move 19 call centre jobs from Fort William to Glasgow.

The jobs are set to be relocated to Abellio's shared services centre in Glasgow -109 miles away. TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes says the move makes it virtually impossible for the nearly all female workforce to transfer to Glasgow.

Cortes is calling on the Scottish government to intervene and support the call centre work if necessary or ensure that ScotRail offer the best compensation package possible to the staff who they are bailing out on.

Cortes said: "I’m personally overseeing the events at the call centre in Fort William. I met with all the staff there just last summer. To hear Abellio are pulling out of town is clearly very distressing news for them.

“I have now requested an urgent meeting with Abellio to discuss their proposals to move work from Fort William to Glasgow. Clearly our members can't be expected to up sticks and move 100 miles plus nor can they be expected to travel the three hour journey each way.

"This is a very difficult time for our members and the town. TSSA will do all we can to protect our members’ interests. But the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland must join us in rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in to all they can to save their jobs.”

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