Vion rejects Broxburn offer

A last ditch attempt to save 1,700 jobs at a West Lothian meat processing plant has been rejected.

A proposal made by the Scottish government to team up with taskforce partners and buy the Hall’s of Broxburn plant was today rejected by the parent company Vion.

The government and task force offered to buy the plant and then lease it back to Vion in order to sustain production.

A spokesman for Vion said: “We greatly appreciate the serious offer of support the Scottish government has made and thank them for the significant assistance they have provided since the start of the consultation process. However, given the scale of the losses at Hall’s of £79,000 per day, and the complexity and inefficient layout of the factory, we regret that we are unable to accept this support.”

The spokesman also explained that accepting an offer made with public money would be wrong as it would not be enough to solve the core problems.

He added: “We will continue to work through the remaining three weeks of the consultation process with our employees, their union representatives and the various stakeholders who have been involved in this process. Our focus now must be on how we can best support our people through the coming weeks.”

The processor announced the possible closure of the factory in July and has since had buying interest from two parties. However, nothing was finalised.

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>Broxburn jobs unlikely to be saved

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