Workers in a factor in Cumbernauld have voted overwhelmingly to strike later this month.

As many as 80 staff at the Cummins UK site were told a week before Christmas that the company was to close its manufacturing organisation. 

Union chiefs say the Scottish Government had offered financial assistance to keep the factory open through the development and production of hydrogen cell batteries.

But they say the company remains intent on closing the factory. 

Now, Unite the union has confirmed that members backed industrial action overwhelmingly. 

 The action will result in strike, and action short of a strike including an overtime ban, and is expected to take place later this month. 

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The turnout was 84.7% with 100% of workers voting for strike action.

Unite industrial Officer, Pat McIlvogue said: “This is about our members' futures.

"They are refusing to give up without a fight. Cummins have stripped them of their jobs and their livelihoods. 

"We are hoping that the action will bring Cummins management back to the table following their earlier refusal to engage with us on an alternative to closure.

"Unite has brought forward a counter proposal with the Scottish Government's assistance and we are grateful for their ongoing support.

"Unite believes we can retain a viable presence on the site and we will not give up the fight to save jobs."  

Responding to the outcome, a spokesperson for Cummins said: "We recognise and understand the strength and feeling about the possible closure of our facility in Cumbernauld.

"We are committed to continue working with our staff, and their union representatives, to seek as amicable a resolution to the situation as possible. 

"Since informing our staff about potential closure of the facility, we have actively consulted a wide range of stakeholders, and have considered a number of possible options to secure future for the site. 

"However, it has not been possible to identify a viable economic case to avoid closure.

"Despite the outcome of the recent ballot, we will continue to strive to minimise the impact on our employees, their families, our suppliers and the local community".