Statement on BiFab from Rhoda Grant

13 February 2018

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has said Scottish Labour will work with the SNP Government and trade unions to try to save any threatened jobs at BiFab’s Arnish site on Lewis.

She was commenting after reports of possible job losses at BiFab with union Unite warning that an estimated 260 workers could lose their jobs at yards operated by the company in Fife and Arnish.

“Workers and their families are rightly very concerned about the future of their jobs and there needs to be immediate action by the Scottish Government to see what can be done to help them,” said Mrs Grant.

 “Workers at BiFab have proved their tenacity at working throughout a crisis and must be dismayed that it may all come to an end very soon.

“I would urge the Government and agencies such as HIE to look at securing future contracts to safe-guard the long-term future of BiFab.

“I am keenly aware that BiFab is one of the largest private employers on the Western Isles so any job losses here will disproportionately affect the local community.”

Negotiations with the Scottish Government and potential investors are ongoing and joint trade union meetings are due to take place. Mrs Grant met with the joint trade unions last week in the Parliament to explore any avenues to keep people in work

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Lesley Laird, also said: "BiFab is very much on the radar of both the Scottish and UK Governments and I’m optimistic that, if we all work together and stay focused, we will hopefully secure a positive outcome."