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Talks Urged Over Proposed Abellio Job Losses

31 January 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has said the union is seeking talks with Abellio over plans to close its call centre at Fort William. The company has confirmed that all nineteen staff at Fort William will be offered the chance to relocate to Glasow with a support package. Formal consultations are due to begin on Monday.

Abellio has said an additional 60 jobs are being created in Glasgow as part of an expansion of its shared services centre.

Manuel Cortes said: “We have called for immediate talks with Abellio and are extremely disappointed by this announcement. It's a very sad day for our member in Fort William. We will be working hard with our members and our reps to make sure we save as as many of our members jobs as possible. We call on the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland to step in to save the jobs at Fort William.

“It’s also crucial that the company makes clear their intention for staff who are unable to relocate to Glasgow, so they know where they stand. Our union will be pressing hard to make sure that the best possible redundancy deal is on offer if it sadly comes to that although our priority is to keep as many jobs as possible in Fort William.

“Abellio should also know that for those workers who see Glasgow as an opportunity we will be striving to make sure they have the same rights and union recognition agreements which come from being in our trade union. Abellio must confirm at once that they will be recognising our union in their operations in Glasgow.

“What is being proposed will be a gain for Glasgow at the expense of the Highlands. I strongly urge the company to be aware of its duty to its staff at this difficult time for our members in Fort William.”


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