Proposed closure of EE Greenock call centre

Commenting on the announcement by EE of its intentions to close its Greenock contact centre, Councillor Stephen McCabe, leader of Inverclyde Council, said: “While we are of course relieved that there will be no redundancies ensuring continued employment for the Greenock-based workforce, the potential loss of the contact centre is very concerning.

“EE is one of Inverclyde’s largest employers and the Greenock office has been a key site for the company, in one guise or another, for almost 25 years.

“The closure of such a large premises that supports hundreds of staff after such a long period of time would undoubtedly put greater pressure on the local economy and have a knock-on effect for local businesses, would result in loss of income for the area, and potentially lead to further depopulation.

“We will appeal to EE directly to reconsider their proposal to close the Greenock site and raise our concerns and explore what alternatives there are to try and maintain a presence in Inverclyde as a valued and long-standing employer.

“Our powers are of course limited so greater government support will be required this will be escalated to Inverclyde Socio-Economic Taskforce to see if governments and partners can assist."