Stur­geon vow as fish feed jobs threat­ened

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

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

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