Broxburn taskforce to meet on Monday

The taskforce set up to deal with the closure of the Hall’s of Broxburn site is meeting on Monday to discuss how best to minimise the impact of the closure of the troubled plant.

On 5 July, Vion announced that the Hall’s of Broxburn site in West Lothian may close, putting more than 1,700 jobs at risk. The taskforce was immediately assembled by Scottish Minister for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead and Finance Secretary John Swinney, and held its first meeting at Broxburn that evening.  

The two ministers will join QMS chairman Jim Mclaren, local MSPs and council leaders to thrash out a way forward, along with representatives from Vion’s management.

Meanwhile, Morrisons has refused to comment on speculation that it may consider buying the beleaguerd plant, after a report in the Edinburgh Evening News linked Morrisons to the pig plant. It quoted an academic from the University of Manchester who wrote a recent report on the pig industry, CRESC Public Interest Report ‘Bringing home the Bacon’, which had suggested that Morrisons’ model would make a sustainable alternative to other operating models,

Published two weeks before Vion’s announcement, the report advocated Morrisons’ integrated model of production as one which offered greater sustainability being “desirable both economically and socially, and if widely applied [could] help deliver a rebalanced economy”. It also talked about Morrisons’ acquisisiton of the Winsome pig processing plant in February 2012.

A spokesman from Morrisons said that it was not the retailer’s policy to comment on speculation regarding acquisitions or investment.

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