Team try to find fu­ture for Miche­lin staff

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THE team tasked with sav­ing Miche­lin’s fac­tory in Dundee were yes­ter­day named by Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Derek Mackay.

He an­nounced that the city coun­cil, Scot­tish En­ter­prise and union bosses will join busi­ness ex­perts to try to save the stricken plant.

The ac­tion group’s core of 16 mem­bers, who also BY JAMES MONCUR in­clude site man­ager John Reid, will meet for the first time on Mon­day.

The fac­tory’s 845 em­ploy­ees were told ear­lier this week that the plant would close its doors within two years.

Mackay said: “The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment will leave no stone un­turned in our ef­forts to find a vi­able and sus­tain­able fu­ture for the plant and its highly skilled work­force.”

The news came as sup­port con­tin­ued to flood in for the work­force from their coun­ter­parts in Bal­ly­mena.

Miche­lin an­nounced they were shut­ting their North­ern Ir­ish plant in 2015 and closed the doors a few weeks ago with the loss of 900 jobs.

On Face­book, Garry Brown wrote: “Best of luck to the Dundee work­force. I’d be sur­prised if th­ese for­eign plants with cheap labour have any­where near the qual­ity we achieved.”

Si­mon Tay­lor added: “No doubt the work­ers will get the same plat­i­tudes from their politi­cians as we did.”

PLEDGE Derek Mackay

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