I am extremely disappointed to hear today that HMRC have disengaged from a contract with Fujitsu – resulting in 59 job losses at Cumbernauld tax office.
This will be distressing news for the staff affected and I would call on HMRC to look at every opportunity to find alternative employment for those involved.
That this decision has been made while there are still on-going discussions on carrying out impact assessment on the effect that HMRC job losses will have on the town centre, is irresponsible to say the least.
The UK Government provided assurances last February that there would be no compulsory redundancies over the next year. It is hugely frustrating that a matter of weeks after that time-frame expired, 59 staff find themselves without a job.
Both myself and Jamie Hepburn MSP will continue to work with HMRC staff to fight further job losses and we will explore all possible options to ensure that the town centre site remains open.