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Unite union to meet waste firm management over lockout

Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre Image copyright Google
Image caption About 160 workers have been affected by Viridor's decision to terminate Interserve's contract at the new Glasgow recycling plant

Union officials have said they are to hold talks with senior staff at waste firm Viridor after workers were locked out at a Glasgow recycling plant.

About 60 workers were unable to enter the new Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre, after sub-contractor Interserve had its building contract terminated.

According to the union Unite, they were given a week's notice.

It said a further 100 scaffolders have been told they will be kept on until just after Christmas.

Interserve, which employed the staff, said on Thursday it would try to offer redeployment where possible.

Viridor, which is the main contractor for Glasgow City Council's new waste plant in Polmadie, said it was "working hard to retain the majority of the existing supply chain".

Unite claims the workers are protected by Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations (TUPE) - and any attempt to lay them off will be grounds for possible legal action and compensation claims.

Unite regional officer Stephen Deans said: "We will not have the different parties involved in this project play pass-the-parcel with our members' livelihoods.

"We will be clear with Viridor that our members have legal protection and that we will take any action necessary to safeguard their legal rights."

Unite officials are due to meet senior Viridor staff on 15 December.

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