HUNDREDS OF JOBS AT RISK AT EDINBURGH SALMON CO. LTD.
There are hundreds of jobs at risk at Edinburgh Salmon Company LTD. The owner of the salmon producer based in Dingwall, in the Highland council area of Scotland, has announced it has proposed the sale or closure of these facilities.
Européenne de la Mer, a subsidiary of Thai Union Group, said the business has been suffering heavy losses as a result of a “highly challenging market”. BBC News reported. Workers at the site have been informed, the company said.
The ESCo plant, which produces and distributes smoked salmon, employs 163 people, and also between 80 to 100 agency staff.
The SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Ian Blackford, described it as “devastating news” and hopes a buyer can be found for the plant.
ESCo said it will “actively pursue and explore all viable divestment opportunities” in an attempt to reduce or avoid the potential impacts upon its staff.
The company said: “Our employees at ESCo are our primary consideration. They were informed of the situation yesterday morning.
“We are now informing our customers and suppliers about the proposal, as well as community leaders and government representatives.
“Following the announcement to our employees, we have started the process of appointing elected workplace representatives. Once in place, we will begin a 45-day period of collective consultation to further consider the proposal and alternatives to it.”
“If we are unable to find a viable alternative to the proposed closure we will then carry out individual consultations with at risk employees.”