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04/08/13 11:17

Swinney to meet unions over Railcare

Finance Secretary pledges Scottish Government support.

Finance Secretary John Swinney is to meet with the trade union Unite to discuss what further action the Scottish Government can take to support workers and save jobs at Springburn-based rail engineering firm Railcare.

It was announced last week that Railcare has entered administration. The government's enterprise agency Scottish Enterprise, on behalf of Ministers, has already been in contact with company administrators BDO and is considering all possible options to save jobs.

Mr Swinney said:

“Railcare are an important and valued employer with a skilled workforce. We were very concerned to be informed that the company had entered administration, in part as a result of the hiatus in the overhaul of rolling stock following the UK Government’s failure to tender for the West Coast Mainline.

“Through Scottish Enterprise we made immediate contact with the administrators and have offered support through our Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE). PACE representatives have already visited the site to give advice to employees facing redundancy.

“ We are focussed on doing everything in our power to safeguard as many jobs as possible and I look forward to meeting with both union representatives and the administrators to discuss options to both save jobs and support those who have been affected.”

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