Warning that time is running out for county steelmen
Fears are growing that Tata’s steelworks in Scotland could close in weeks with the loss of the remaining 300 jobs.
Friday was the final shift for 70 of the 365-strong workforce in Cambuslang and Motherwell , with the rest set to leave by January 23 unless a new buyer is found.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vowed to do everything in her power to save the plants but politicians and unions warned that time is running out.
John Pentland MSP, a former steelworker, said:“We’re continually told that there are interested parties but if there is, it’s time to start naming names.
“If there’s a firm out there interested, why don’t they come forward and give some Christmas cheer to the workers at Clydebridge and Dalzell?”
But a Scottish Government spokesman said:“Scottish Enterprise and Tata Steel have carried out an extensive global search for an alternative operator and remain in discussion with some of the interested parties.
“Speculating about talks with interested parties would not be helpful.
“These must be held privately to allow for commercial due diligence to be undertaken.”
Assistant general secretary John Park of steelworkers’union Community said:“With 70 people leaving Tata Steel, time is running out to secure the long-term future of the Scottish steel industry.
“Thanks to the work of union negotiators, these workers will be leaving with an enhanced redundancy package but we’re still fighting to make sure this isn’t the end.
He added:“Now, more than ever, the Scottish Government must make good their promise that they won’t let Scottish steelmaking die.”
A meeting of the Scottish Steel Task Force is expected to take place early in the new year.