Commenting on the news today (Thursday 10 October) that six week redundancy notices have been issued to the employees working at the BiFab yard at Arnish in Lewis, Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty and GMB Scotland Scottish secretary, Gary Smith said: “The news of redundancy notices to the workforce at Arnish is a major blow to the workers who have had to endure so much uncertainty over recent years.

"It was only in March that we had the energy minister Paul Wheelhouse announcing a contract award with over 80 jobs being created. There is a major cloud of uncertainty over the future of the BiFab yards in Arnish and in Fife which can only be lifted by the awarding of new contracts and investment into the yards. Unite and the GMB have been working tirelessly to ensure that the BiFab yards secure work from EDF’s £2 billion Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind project. However, we have been waiting on this announcement for months now and it’s time for the silence to end because the workforce needs some stability and certainty.

"It’s also clear that this latest development in Arnish is part of a long running and sorry saga regarding the abject failure of the Scottish and UK governments to ensure working-class communities benefit from the so-called green revolution. To date minimal work and minimal jobs have been directly created in Scotland by the billions of pounds being invested into the renewables sector. It’s a national scandal and politicians must be held to account.”


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Contact: Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications, on 07976 447077 and Andrew Brady, Unite Scotland Communications, on 07810157922.