34 jobs under threat

Solway Seafoods
Solway Seafoods

THIRTY-four jobs are under threat at the Solway Sea Foods fish processing factory based at Bladnoch. Staff were told on Tuesday that there is no more orders in the pipeline and that the plant, owned by an Irish based company, were considering closing down.

Production Director Murdo Crosbie told The Galloway Gazette yesterday that the situation did not look encouraging and that a “30 day consultation process” was underway. He said all jobs, including his own were at risk.

Solway Sea Foods supply quick frozen peeled scampi tails and have been in operation at Bladnoch Bridge Estate since 1994.

As the recession bites all over Galloway in Newton Stewart the well established painting and decorating firm of David Inglis and Sons recently paid off five men and laid off another four, reducing the workforce from 15 to six.

David Inglis said: “This is not a good year and I fear the building industry is nowhere near the bottom of the recession.

“We had work due to come through in February that was postponed and there is no council money coming through for work plus wage cuts are threatening the industry.”