Jedburgh job losses 'devastating' for the local economy

An MP in the Scottish Borders says the possible job losses at factory in Jedburgh is 'devastating' news for the local economy.

It was announced on Monday that 96 are at risk after coat hanger firm Mainetti revealed plans to cease manufacturing in the Borders.

It will start a consultation on plans to combine UK operations to Wrexham, in Wales, with the proposal that Emtelle take over the empty site.

It comes just two weeks after Ovo, an energy company also based in the Borders, set forth plans to make 380 staff redundant.

MPs, MSPs and local councillors are calling on the Scottish Government to help those affected by the news.

MP John Lamont said: “These job losses in Jedburgh are yet more devastating news for the Borders economy. It is clear that the economic hit of the coronavirus is going to be significant.

“This will be extremely difficult news for the workers and their families particularly at a time when there is so much uncertainty.

"It is important that the PACE redundancy support is put in place by Scottish Borders Council and the Scottish Government as quickly as possible to give everyone affected all the help they need."

Earlier this year the company put their staff on a three-day working week, as a way of cut running costs after a downturn in sale.

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Rachael Hamilton MSP said: “I am devastated to hear of more damaging job cuts. The financial impact will hit hard in a fragile rural area like the Borders.

“The Scottish Government must plan now for an economic recovery and try to mitigate further job losses and ensure the people of the Borders can find alternative work opportunities

“I am here to help as best I can, please do get in contact if you, a family member or a relative is affected."