Unions stress the need for speed to res­cue yards

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Unions have stressed the need for speed and clar­ity in re­solv­ing BiFab’s is­sues.

GMB Scot­land sec­re­tary Gary Smith said: “The role of SHL must be brought un­der the spot­light.

“How much do the dis­puted fig­ures amount to, what is the role of the UK Gov­ern­ment in this process and how much is the tax­payer on the hook?

“Today our mem­bers are work­ing for free to de­fend their jobs and fam­i­lies.

“We need that same de­ter­mi­na­tion and de­sire to be matched in the cor­ri­dors of power and their in­flu­ence brought to bear on the pri­vate in­ter­est groups be­hind this project.

Unite Scot­land sec­re­tary Pat Raf­ferty added: “This is a Scot­tish project for SSE, the Scot­tish en­ergy gi­ant, for a mas­sive Scot­tish wind­farm with a Scot­tish com­pany de­liv­er­ing on an agreed con­tract.

“Where we are now is that a costs dis­pute with the Dutch owned main con­trac­tor SHL seems to be hold­ing the fu­ture of all of this to ran­som.”

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