‘Every second counts’ in fight to save BiFab jobs

BiFab in Methil
BiFab in Methil

Potential job losses at BiFab in Methil and Burntisland were raised during General Questions at the Scottish Parliament last week.

Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife MSP, asked Fergus Ewing, Energy Minister, if he and the Scottish Government had met with the company.

She went on to ask what action the Scottish Government will take to support BiFab and its workers, ensuring it can secure future DECC contracts and help grow the Energy Park.

Ms Baker also pressed for a meeting with herself, the Minister and the company.

The questions came after reports that around 170 jobs are at risk if new contracts are not secured.

She said: “With each passing day, we are inching closer to the situation that nobody involved wants and, therefore, every second counts in the fight to ensure there is no need for significant job losses.

“Workers are concerned about their future in this difficult time and, for their and their families’ sake, it is important that the Scottish Government steps up efforts to support BiFab, particularly in its attempt to secure the contracts needed to maintain its workforce.

“It’s disappointing that, so far, the Government’s involvement is about managing redundancies rather than a focus on doing all we can to prevent them and securing work for the site.

“BiFab is a major employer in Fife and a plays a vital role in Methil and Burntisland’s local economies.

“The workforce at BiFab has the skills and capacity to deliver on new contracts; it now needs these contracts and the Government support to receive it.”

With each passing day, we are inching closer to the situation that nobody involved wants