Sturgeon vow as fish feed jobs threatened
Nicola Sturgeon has said agencies are “exploring all possible avenues” to protect threatened fish feed jobs.
The first minister said she was “very concerned” by the announcement Norway-based Skretting intends to pull out of the UK. And she pledged “everything possible will be done” to support the workers.
It emerged this week the futures of 51 staff, including those at its Invergordon base, had been plunged into doubt following the firm’s move to end its operations in the area.
Skretting chief executive Therese Log Bergjord appeared to blame the imminent opening of a £93 million Marine Harvest fish feed plant at Kyleakin.
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross MSP Gail Ross raised the issue at first minister’s questions.
Ms Sturgeon said: “This will obviously be an anxious time for the staff, their families and the local areas involved. Highlands and Islands Enterprise is seeking to engage with Skretting management.
“Highlands and Islands Enterprise is exploring all possible avenues to help secure a buyer for the business and retain jobs.
“However, in the event of there being job losses, our partnership action for continuing employment team stands ready to offer its full support to staff.”
Nicola Sturgeon is concerned over possible job losses