Bab­cock ax­ing 150 jobs at Rosyth yard

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - JIM Mil­lar

Fife has been dealt an­other jobs blow with con­fir­ma­tion that 150 jobs are to go at Bab­cock’s Rosyth yard.

It comes af­ter the com­pany axed 250 posts in Novem­ber.

Bab­cock said it had been study­ing its oper­a­tions and man­age­ment op­er­a­tion at Rosyth over the last few months to en­sure the busi­ness re­mained com­pet­i­tive.

A state­ment said: “Fol­low­ing a re­view of our cur­rent busi­ness struc­ture we have de­cided to com­bine our en­ergy and marine oper­a­tions on site into one co­he­sive team to op­ti­mise per­for­mance of our cur­rent projects and max­imise fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Re­gret­tably in do­ing this we will re­duce our man­age­ment and sup­port func­tions by around 150 po­si­tions.

“This is a nec­es­sary step in sus­tain­ing the com­pet­i­tive­ness of our fu­ture busi­ness; how­ever we recog­nise that this is a wor­ry­ing time for those col­leagues who are af­fected by these changes and our pri­or­ity is now to work with our trade union rep­re­sen­ta­tives and those in­di­vid­u­als through­out the com­ing con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod.”

Kirk­caldy and Cow­den­beath Labour MP Les­ley Laird said the an­nounce­ment was “ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing”.

She added: “Bab­cock is a flag­ship em­ployer in Fife and a ma­jor player in this key in­dus­trial sec­tor.

“It also makes a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal area through the high qual­ity jobs it pro­vides.

“I will be con­tact­ing the firm in or­der to bet­ter un­der­stand their po­si­tion as they progress with the pro­posal to merge their oper­a­tions and to dis­cuss their fu­ture op­er­a­tional plans, and what this could mean for the lo­cal area.

“I wel­come the fact that Bab­cock are en­gag­ing with trade union rep­re­sen­ta­tives and would urge the firm to work closely with the work­force and take the op­por­tu­nity to mit­i­gate the Fife job losses within the group as a whole.

“I will now be fol­low­ing this up with the Min­is­ter for In­dus­try and the Min­is­ter for De­fence and also the Sec­re­tary of State For Scot­land.

“There are on­go­ing con­cerns re­gard­ing the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment’s in­dus­trial and de­fence strat­egy and their ap­proach to pro­cure­ment.

“But our pri­or­ity now must be to en­sure sup­port for those em­ploy­ees af­fected and that where pos­si­ble the sig­nif­i­cant skills and ex­pe­ri­ence are not lost from Fife.”

More jobs are to be lost at Bab­cock.

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