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Polish Workers fill shifts at Uniq

POLISH workers are filling seasonal shifts at the Uniq Prepared Foods fish processing factory at Finnart Bay.

Just a week after denying the fact, the company have been forced to backtrack and admit they are employing 50 workers from the eastern European country as filleters at their Lochryan base.

But they say they have nothing to hide and that the Poles are not being given jobs ahead of local applicants.

The same spokesman who last week denied there were any Polish workers at the factory this week conceded:

"There are a total of 50 Polish workers working at Finnart Bay up until Christmas.

"But there is nothing to cover up - these are good workers, skilled at hand carving and there are a lack of these to draw down on locally.

"We have always had to go further afield and in the past we have had people from Australia, Canada and New Zealand come and work at Annan although I can't say if they have gone to Finnart Bay in the past.

"With the density of the population in the area we just couldn't fill all the jobs at Finnart Bay."

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