MORALE at Barrhead’s bus depot has hit “an all-time low” as workers face an uncertain future.

Last week, the Barrhead News told how McGill’s had announced the Muriel Street depot may have to close.

Now one insider at the transport hub has told how staff are finding it hard to cope with the thought they could soon be out of a job.

The employee, who asked not to be named, hit out at bosses for informing workers of the potential closure via a notice at the depot, rather than face-to-face.

It is also claimed some drivers have had to take out buses without heating systems working properly.

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“Morale is at rock bottom,” said the member of staff. “The employer is telling staff that jobs are safe and not to worry but that’s a lie.

“It would have been much better to be told face-to-face.

“It is a terrible company. Drivers take buses out every day with no heating.”

A letter sent to staff by McGill’s managing director Ralph Roberts earlier this month stated redundancies could take place at the Muriel Street depot unless the firm is able to switch to alternative posts elsewhere.

Blaming “market forces” for the situation, Mr Roberts wrote: “When significant revenue reductions take place, savings must be found to balance the books.

“We are acutely aware of the impact this would have on the business but we believe that approximately 85 per cent of staff would be offered new roles and relocated to other locations.

“In the event there is no alternative role that could be offered, redundancies may be made.”

The depot insider who contacted the Barrhead News fears job losses are inevitable.

“Most staff are happy to move to other depots but the fact is there aren’t enough jobs to go around,” said the employee.

East Renfrewshire MP Paul Masterton has written to the chief executive of McGill’s to ask for a meeting as “a matter of urgency.”

Mr Masterton said: “What employees and the community as a whole need now is clarity.

“Hopefully, we can reach this outcome sooner rather than later.”

McGill’s declined to comment when contacted by the Barrhead News.