Council leader responds to Healthcare Environmental Services jobs blow

Healthcare Environmental Services (HES) in Shotts has issued 150 employees with redundancy notices following months of uncertainty about the company's future. Commenting, Councillor Jim Logue, leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said:

"This is devastating news for the employees of HES. This seemed to be a possibility given the difficulties the company has had this year. However, that does not make it any easier for the dedicated workforce. 

"The council and its partners will make every effort to support those who have been made redundant, particularly with helping to find other employment and with training opportunities. Clearly the contracts HES had with NHS in Scotland will be fulfilled by other companies so I hope that staff will be able to transfer to those companies. 

"It's vital that the NHS and the Scottish Government clarify that position as a matter of urgency and, if possible, minimise uncertainty for the staff of HES. The UK Government also has a big part to play given that many of the company's terminated contracts were with the NHS in England. The directors of the company clearly have a view about how matters came to this, and that view is not shared by the UK Government. Whatever the facts, the dedicated and skilled staff are the ones who are suffering. That's why it is essential that both governments work together as a matter of urgency.

"The council stands ready to play a full part in any wider discussions and actions to mitigate what is a major blow to the employees concerned and to the local economy."

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