Minister gets Fresh ideas at food plant in Uddingston

BFAWU member Jim Shannon from Bellshill (left) and BFAWU learning rep Wilie Brennan from Viewpark chat with Angela Constance.
BFAWU member Jim Shannon from Bellshill (left) and BFAWU learning rep Wilie Brennan from Viewpark chat with Angela Constance.

YOUTH Employment minister Angela Constance MSP visited Dawnfresh Seafoods in Uddingston.

The visit, organised by Scottish Union Learning, enabled her to see how the partnership between the firm and the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) supports workers and Dawnfresh’s skills and employment strategy.

The plant’s first Learning Agreement, which gives workers access to a range of work-based courses organised by the BFAWU, was signed last month.

Ms Constance toured the factory, met union members and learned more about the Steering Group.

She said: “Developing employees’ skills will have a direct and lasting benefit on business and our economy.

“The Union Learning project at Dawnfresh is a great model of partnership working and I am interested to learn more about how this benefits both the business and its employees.”

BFAWU regional organiser Jim McClelland said: “The visit showcased the good work already undertaken and will ensure the Dawnfresh site becomes a beacon of how unions, Scottish Union Learning, the Scottish Government and employers can work together to create a workplace learning culture to everyone’s benefit.”