100 jobs in jeopardy as Taxman demands £300,000 from Greenlight
Jackie Baillie wants council leader Jonathan McColl and other council leaders to step in and help to save recycling company.
By Bill Heaney
Greenlight, the recycling social enterprise company based in Alexandria, has applied for voluntary administration following a request for payment from HMRC of £300,000.
The company filed its intention to go into administration on Monday and shocked employees were notified of redundancies a day later.
Greenlight has over 100 employees, many of whom were previously long-term unemployed.
They pride themselves on being green and sustainable in the work that they do whilst offering opportunities to those who may find it harder to find a job.
Jackie Baillie MSP has echoed the calls for help from the GMB Scotland trade union for the three council leaders in West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde and Argyll & Bute.
She wants Cllr McColl to urgently intervene to secure local employment and ensure the social enterprise continues as a going concern.
Jackie says she has been contacted by a number of the workers who are very concerned about the future of their jobs.
Greenlight currently carries out work contractually with three local councils – Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute.
This includes recycling, the management of civic amenity sites and the Care of Garden Scheme for disabled and elderly and infirm people.
She said: “It was a shock to learn of Greenlight’s plans to go into administration on Monday. They are a great organisation who have made a really positive impact on our community and this is very sad news.
“With a 100-strong workforce, it is of paramount importance that we do our utmost to retain the company and just as importantly, retain all the jobs.
“Given that the main contracts are with councils in West Dunbartonshire, Argyll & Bute and Inverclyde, I hope the three councils will come together urgently to help with a rescue plan.
“I am extremely disappointed by the apparent lack of support offered by the company’s bank, RBS, and I hope they will work alongside the councils and the board of Greenlight to help to keep this company as a going concern.
“I will do all I can to support the company and the workforce in finding a solution to the problem and to protect jobs.”
West Dunbartonshire Council and the SNP administration refused to comment to The Democrat.
Recycling at Dalmoak on the Renton Road, Dumbarton.