Hyslop Comment on Johnston and Johnston Plant Closure

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Hyslop Comment on Johnston and Johnston Plant Closure

“I am very saddened to hear that Johnson and Johnson has announced that it is entering consultation with staff on the potential closure of its Ethicon facility in Livingston, putting around 400 local jobs at risk. Although the plant is in the Almond Valley Constituency, I expect that constituents in my constituency will be affected.

“I am aware that the First Minister, Business Minister Paul Wheelhouse and the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, have been engaging with Johnson and Johnson, along with enterprise agencies, to identify every possible support for the business.  This work has been detailed and intensive, exploring what can be done both to help address and understand immediate business challenges, and to look at the site’s future potential. 

“Unfortunately despite the Scottish Government’s very best efforts, the company has decided to enter into consultation on possible site closure, which is hugely disappointing. 

“I know that this will be a difficult and anxious time for the workforce and their families and I will do whatever I can as one of the MSPs to help facilitate contact with Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) for any individuals facing redundancy.”

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