Work­ers at Miche­lin to hear their fate on Fri­day.

Fi­nance sec­re­tary to give up­date on pro­pos­als on Fri­day

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - STE­FAN MORKIS [email protected]

Work­ers at Dundee’s clo­sure threat­ened Miche­lin fac­tory will have to wait un­til Fri­day to find out if last-ditch ef­forts to save their jobs have been suc­cess­ful.

The Miche­lin Dundee Ac­tion Group has pre­sented the Scot­tish Govern­ment fi­nance min­is­ter with two pro­pos­als it be­lieves could en­sure Miche­lin re­tains a pres­ence at Bal­dovie.

De­tails of the pro­pos­als, which are likely to in­clude re-pur­pos­ing the fac­tory, have been kept un­der wraps.

It is un­der­stood they may also in­clude plans to cre­ate a re­search and de­vel­op­ment and train­ing cen­tre on the site.

Mr Mackay met se­nior ex­ec­u­tives from Miche­lin on Fri­day to dis­cuss the pro­pos­als.

But he has said he will not up­date the ac­tion group – and there­fore Miche­lin work­ers – un­til Fri­day.

A state­ment re­leased by the Scot­tish Govern­ment yes­ter­day said he would pro­vide an up­date on “Miche­lin’s re­sponse” and the “next steps” to be taken.

He said: “I had a pro­duc­tive meet­ing with Miche­lin se­nior ex­ec­u­tives on Fri­day where we pre­sented propo­si­tions re­lat­ing to the fu­ture of the Miche­lin site and its work­force in Dundee.

“On Fri­day, I will con­vene the third meet­ing of the Miche­lin Dundee Ac­tion Group and up­date them on the com­pany’s re­sponse and the next steps.”

Dundee City Coun­cil leader John Alexan­der said last night: “On Fri­day evening, I met with se­nior ex­ec­u­tives from Miche­lin HQ, along­side Derek Mackay and other se­nior of­fi­cials.

“In the cir­cum­stances, it was a pos­i­tive meet­ing and there is fur­ther work to do, with an up­date be­ing pro­vided to the wider group on Fri­day and dis­cus­sion on how to progress, there­after.”

The French tyre man­u­fac­turer told staff ear­lier this month they in­tend to close the fac­tory, which em­ploys 850 staff, in 2020.

Miche­lin said a fall in de­mand for the 16-inch tyres pro­duced in Dundee and com­pe­ti­tion from cheaper im­ports from the Far East was be­hind the de­ci­sion.

The ac­tion group met for the first time on Novem­ber 12 and was given just a cou­ple of weeks to come up with plans to save the fac­tory.

Bob McGre­gor, re­gional or­gan­iser for the Unite union, said pro­pos­als for the fu­ture of the site are not be­ing put in the pub­lic do­main in or­der “not to scare Miche­lin off”.

He added Fri­day’s meet­ing was sched­uled last week.

He said: “To be hon­est, there’s no ur­gency about the jobs at the mo­ment. There are peo­ple work­ing with the mem­bers to make sure they are com­fort­able.”

On Fri­day, I will con­vene the third meet­ing of the Miche­lin Dundee Ac­tion Group and up­date them on the com­pany’s re­sponse and the next steps. DEREK MACKAY, FI­NANCE SEC­RE­TARY

Pic­ture: PA.

Fi­nance sec­re­tary Derek Mackay out­side the Miche­lin fac­tory in Dundee.

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