Mondi in talks with unions over proposed shutdown of Aberdeen industrial bag plant in Bucksburn, Scotland, as it must vacate its building; local official seeks help to avert closure, hopes company will relocate

LOS ANGELES , October 3, 2011 () – Mondi Aberdeen Ltd. is talking with unions representing workers at its Aberdeen industrial bag plant in Bucksburn, Scotland, after announcing that it might close the operation, reported British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) on Sept. 29.

A local member of the Scottish parliament (MSP) has asked for assistance from Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing and Scottish Enterprise to avert the plant’s shutdown.

Aberdeen Donside Scottish National Party MSP Brian Adam said his hope is that Mondi Aberdeen will find another site in Aberdeen for its operations, and has asked the company to consider every option before coming to a final decision, the BBC reported.

The company’s current building, which it leases, has been sold and the new owner is ending the lease. The site is planned for a housing development, according to the trade union Unite.

If the plant closes, up to 68 jobs could be lost, which would be “devastating,” said union officials from Unite, the BBC reported.

Unite is the largest trade union in Britain and Ireland, with 1.5 million members, according to its website.

Mondi Aberdeen is owned by Mondi Group, which is based in London, England, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

The primary source of this article is the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), London, England, on Sept. 29, 2011.

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