Scottish Coal jobs in Clydesdale under threat

A general view of Mainshill Wood in South Lanarkshire, the site of an open-cast mine where climate change campaigners have unveiled  Scotland's first climate change camp. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 3, 2009.'Campaigners say the camp will follow the tradition of climate change camps in England and around Europe. See PA story SCOTLAND Camp. Photo credit should read: Callum Bennetts/PA Wire
A general view of Mainshill Wood in South Lanarkshire, the site of an open-cast mine where climate change campaigners have unveiled Scotland's first climate change camp. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 3, 2009.'Campaigners say the camp will follow the tradition of climate change camps in England and around Europe. See PA story SCOTLAND Camp. Photo credit should read: Callum Bennetts/PA Wire

CLYDESDALE politicians have expressed concern over the future of scores of local jobs as the livelihood of Scottish Coal workers remains unclear.

The Scottish Resources Group, which owns the coal mining operations, is planning to shed around 450 jobs across its sites, including those in Clydesdale, which are predominantly in the Douglas Valley.

Clydesdale MSP Aileen Campbell said: “I have contacted SRG to seek the facts about jobs and opencast sites in Clydesdale and will be meeting with their representative shortly.”

And rural Clydesdale MP David Mundell said: “News of hundreds of job losses within Scottish Coal is very regrettable, for they are an important employer within rural Clydesdale.”

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