Council reaction to planned closure of XPO Logistics

The Leader of the Council has expressed his concern at the closure of the distribution base of delivery firm, XPO Logistics at Eurocentral.

Councillor Jim Logue, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council said, "This news is a real concern for over 200 staff based at XPO's Eurocentral site, many whom are based locally. It's understandable that the retail sector is extremely challenging at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic but logistics and distribution is a key market, and a buoyant one in North Lanarkshire because of its accessibility to the national transport network.

"As a council, our primary concern is for the workers and their families at this very unsettling time and we want to offer them all the support we can and to see if there is anything we can do to turn around the decision. We are looking to engage with senior management at XPO to express our concerns and to make them aware of the support that can be offered through programmes such as Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE). The warehouse space at Eurocentral is significant and demand for the type of asset is high and it's vital that we do everything we can to protect jobs and investment here, particularly at this challenging time when the local economy needs it.

"We will work with our partners to ensure that all the potential support is made available to the company and its employees."

PACE provides a multi-agency response service for staff affected and provides support and advice on dealing with the redundancy process; the provision of practical advice to help secure a new job; assistance to identify learning and training opportunities; support to access benefits employees may be entitled to; and advice on setting up a business. North Lanarkshire Council's Employability Service offers advice and support to affected employees as part of the PACE service.

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