Offshore wind turbine

Unite welcomes NnG jobs boost but argues more needs to be done to support BiFab yards

Responding to this morning’s (Thursday 28 November) reports that the BiFab yards in Fife have been reportedly awarded a contract to build eight turbine jackets from the Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind project, Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “Unite Scotland welcomes EDF’s confirmation that around eight jackets will be built in Fife and that jobs will be created at the Port of Dundee and Eyemouth Harbour through the NnG project.

"This work can provide a manufacturing footing for the BiFab yards to build on but greater support from the Scottish and UK governments to ensure more work and investment is secured there is absolutely vital.

"The shameful reality is that if it were not for the work of the trade union led campaign to ensure BiFab secured work from the NnG project then in all likelihood there would have been no work going to the yards. Also, there is no clarity so far on what work, if any, will go to the Arnish yard which has served the vast majority of its workers with redundancy notices due to the lack of contracts.

“As we have been warning for months now the fact that the vast majority of the jackets are to be built in Indonesia and then transported back to Dundee and Fife must be a source of national embarrassment for the Scottish and UK governments.

"EDF Renewables haS also claimed that Scotland doesn't have all the skills and contractors to be able to bid in all aspects of wind farm construction. While we don’t share this analysis, what is abundantly clear is that the renewables' strategy specifically in relation to direct job creation and growing Scotland’s manufacturing capacity is a shambles.”

ENDS

Contact: Andrew Brady, Unite Scotland Communications, on 07810 157922.

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.

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