Rhoda comments after the BiFab agreement

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20 November 2017

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has welcomed the agreement lifting the threat of administration from Burntisland Fabrications (Bi-Fab).

She also praised the workers for their tenacity throughout the crisis.

Last week Mrs Grant met some of the hundreds of workers who descended on the Scottish Parliament in the fight to save their jobs and safeguard the future of BiFab.

The workers, members of the Unite and GMB unions and agency staff, marched through Edinburgh under the banner “Battle for BiFab”.
Labour had called for the Scottish Government to ensure Burntisland Fabrications remained operational by backing current contracts and existing work. 

The firm supports over a thousand skilled jobs in Fife, the Isle of Lewis and in the wider Scottish economy, and is a key strategic player in Scotland's renewable energy sector. 

“Workers and their families needed guarantees about the future of their jobs, especially in the run-up to Christmas, and so this deal was very welcome indeed,” said Mrs Grant.

“Renewables are a key priority for Scotland’s economy and this company is one of the key companies supporting green energy.

 “BiFab is also one of the largest private employers in the Western Isles, with over 150 people directly employed.  Because of this, issues with BiFab disproportionately affect the local community in Lewis, just as much as the job losses in Fife, if not more so.

 “Last week the Cabinet Secretary acknowledged the Government was working closely with Scottish Enterprise, but failed to mention Highlands and Islands Enterprise . 

“I had to press him on this issue as, once again, the Scottish Government are only focussing on the issues in and around the Central Belt, and not taking the islands seriously.”