West Lothian MSPs Call on Vion to Live up to thier Responsibility

West Lothian MSPs Call on Vion To Live Up To Their Responsibilities

West Lothian MSPs Fiona Hyslop and Angela Constance are calling on Vion to live up to their responsibilities by making a substantial financial contribution to the recovery of the Broxburn area and the wider West Lothian economy.

The two constituency MSPs piled on the pressure after the Taskforce meeting this week where John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, restated the Scottish Government’s commitment to working with any interested buyer as well as supporting the wider economic regeneration of the area.

The Cabinet Secretary also formally asked Vion to be clear about their contribution to economic recovery and their plans for the site following closure.

Speaking this week Fiona Hyslop MSP said

“I am calling on Vion to come clean and state what contribution they will make to the economic recovery of Broxburn and West Lothian which the closure of Halls will necessitate. They have a moral responsibility to a dedicated and loyal workforce. Losing a job is one of the most stressful experiences for anyone to live through and Vion need to help with the costs of supporting 1700 workers into new careers. It’s now time for Vion, a highly profitable multi-national, to put their hands in their pocket – it’s the very least they can do”.

After attending this week’s Taskforce meeting Angela Constance MSP said

“We need to rebuild the local economy and Vion now need to show that they can be part of the solution instead of just the cause of the problem. They should make a clear commitment to helping with the costs of redeploying and retraining a diverse, dedicated and skilled workforce as well as the wider economic recovery of West Lothian. Along with Fiona I am absolutely determined to work with the local council and the Scottish Government to ensure that West Lothian remains one of the best places in Scotland to live and work”.