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Proposal to axe 50 jobs at Macrae Foods

Proposal to axe 50 jobs at Scottish seafood processing plant – Significant investment in new technology at the Young’s Seafood owned Macrae Foods processing plant in Livingston, Scotland, has led to a review of manpower at the plant with about 50 jobs at risk.

Chief executive Bill Showalter of Young’s Seafoods said: “Over the past two years, Macrae has made significant investment in automation and process improvement at its Livingston facility to drive productivity and create capacity.

“This investment has underpinned our competitiveness and, ultimately, contributes to the long-term security of the site.

“The delivery of these improvements in productivity now require the company to review its present manpower needs and the company is now proposing to restructure its shift patterns and reduce its headcount at the site by approximately 50 roles.”

Almond Valley MSP Angela Constance said the news was deeply disappointing at the proposal to axe 50 jobs and urged the Scottish Government to provide as much assistance as possible. She said: “I have written to both the Cabinet Secretary for Food and Drink, Fergus Ewing, and to the Minister for Business, Jamie Hepburn, calling on them to urgently make direct contact with Macrae in Livingston to provide as much assistance as possible.”

The MP for Livingston, Hannah Bardell, added that she will do “whatever she can” to help employees.