“I’m positive about it, I don’t think anything is going to happen to us.”
Andy Davidson added: “The important thing is we have got a job, although there’s a feeling that (the workforce being reduced) might happen.” Workers were told about the plans at a meeting on Monday but many say they still lack information about the prospective sale.
Thomas McLaren (28) said: “We don’t really know how this will affect us yet.
“We know there’s going to be a deal, but whether they keep the workers here, well, we’ll just need to wait and see.”
Scott Walker, shop steward at the Cambuslang site for Unite, said they would enter into discussions with 2 Sisters as soon as the deal was concluded.
He said: “It’s not a done deal yet but we can’t see anything derailing the process.
“Once the new employer is confirmed, we will ask to speak to them at the earliest opportunity and seek assurances on jobs as well as terms and conditions.
“I am sure like after any sale, there will be changes and we will seek to meet them as best we can.”
Vion put their UK operations up for sale in November. A sale of the pork division was completed in January while negotiations for the poultry division continued.
2 Sisters describe themselves as a “major diversified European food company supplying Poultry, Fish, Chilled, Bakery and Frozen products to the retail, food service and food manufacturing sectors.”
A 2 sisters spokesperson told the Reformer this week that it wastoo early to discuss possible job losses but the deal wouldprovide the factory with a “brighter future.”
Ranjit Singh, chief executive of 2 Sisters Food Group, said: “They (Vion) have faced significant uncertainty and tough trading in recent months, but today’s acquisition secures a viable future.”
Tom Greatrex MP and James Kelly MSP said the workforce had faced an “unsettling period.”
They added: “The Vion workforce in Cambuslang have demonstrated their commitment to the factory, and they now deserve clarity about the future.
“On the face of it, this announcement seems to be positive in keeping local jobs in the area and we welcome that warmly.
“We will continue to work with the unions and will shortly meet 2 Sisters management to ensure there is complete clarity about the future.
The sale was described as a “significant step forward,” by Employment Minister John Swinney MSP.