First Min­is­ter vows gov­ern­ment will do ut­most to save steel jobs

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“I know the an­nounce­ment by Tata Steel that it in­tends to moth­ball plants in Cam­bus­lang and Mother­well is a bit­ter blow to the staff there and their fam­i­lies.

“For decades, there wasn’t a fam­ily in th­ese in­dus­trial heart­lands who didn’t know a steel worker.

“Steel was part of the back­bone of our econ­omy – and this com­mu­nity.

“Scot­tish steel is an iconic sym­bol of this area. But its time need not be over yet – I want Scot­land to have a steel industry and if there is a way to do that we are go­ing to find it.

“I have had a use­ful dis­cus­sion with unions, man­age­ment and the work­force at both Cly­de­bridge and Dalzell and there is a shared de­ter­mi­na­tion to find a so­lu­tion that secures the fu­ture of both of the plants.

“I don’t un­der­state the chal­lenges we are fac­ing here and no­body I have spo­ken to be­lieves that this is go­ing to be easy or plain sail­ing.

“I can­not guar­an­tee we will be able to save th­ese sites. But what I can give an ab­so­lute guar­an­tee on is that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment will leave no stone un­turned in our fight for th­ese plants.

“We know that the global cir­cum­stances are very chal­leng­ing.

“But I have seen for my­self that th­ese are not plants that are fall­ing down – they are state of the art, mod­ern plants which have re­cent in­vest­ment and a skilled and ded­i­cated work­force in place.

“So we are work­ing hard to find a new op­er­a­tor.

“I have con­vened a task force that will meet this week to set about ex­plor­ing ev­ery op­tion to keep th­ese plants open and to keep peo­ple in jobs.

“I want Scot­land to con­tinue to have a steel industry and I’m de­ter­mined to make ev­ery ef­fort to en­sure that we do.”

First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon

First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon vowed to try to find a way to save steel jobs for Scot­land when she vis­ited the stricken La­nark­shire plants last Thurs­day

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