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Johann Lamont visits Nestle Girvan site

Johann Lamont MSP and Sandra Osborne MP at the Girvan Factory alongside Simon Barker (L), director of operations, graduate James Cheema, apprentice Scott Drummond and quality control manager Celia Mitchell.

Johann Lamont MSP and Sandra Osborne MP at the Girvan Factory alongside Simon Barker (L), director of operations, graduate James Cheema, apprentice Scott Drummond and quality control manager Celia Mitchell.

Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont was in Girvan this week as she paid a visit to the Nestle Factory on the Grangestone Estate.

She was joined by local MP Sandra Osborne on Monday afternoon to hear about the work that is going on at the site and to praise the company’s Living Wage announcement.

The MSP for Glasgow Pollok was given a tour around the factory alongside Nestle staff and Sandra Osborne where she learned of how workers make the crumb that makes its way into some of Nestle’s most famous brands including Kitkat, Breakaway biscuits and Aero.

Then she listened to a presentation by Nestle’s Ana Baptista who told of Nestle’s success around the world as well as explaining about the schemes Nestle have in place for graduates and apprentices.

Earlier this month, The Carrick Gazette reported on the news that Nestle were set to be the first major manufacturer in the UK to pay their employees the Living Wage.

Johann Lamont said: “I think it is great news that employees here are to be paid the Living Wage.

“At a time like this when people are struggling with bills, the Living Wage will be a great help and hopefully make them feel a bit better off.”

And with the Scottish Independence referendum on September 18 now less than two months away, Lamont also commented on the fact that Nestle have sites across the UK.

“I think it does show what can be done when we are working in partnership together.

“I don’t know what there is to gain from breaking up that. Why take that risk?”

And she also reacted to news that fellow Grangestone Industrial Estate employers William Grant and Sons have donated a six figure sum to the Better Together campaign.

“I think we need to hear from all of the people involved in this campaign such as the people working in these companies.

“What I would point out is that Better Together have also received a lot of small donations as well.”

 

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