Majority of Tullis Russell staff now back in work

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Seven out of ten workers from the collapsed Tullis Russell papermill have found jobs the Scottish Government has revealed.

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister, has confirmed that the Fife Taskforce set up to help the workforce has now helped 288 of the 466 employees get work.

“Our aim has always been to work as closely as we are able with colleagues in the public and private sectors to help those communities affected by job losses in Glenrothes and Central Fife,” said Mr Swinney.

He added: “The fact that seven out of ten Tullis Russell workers have been re-employed demonstrates not only the effectiveness of the Taskforce, but is testament to the skilled workforce of Fife.”

The 206-year-old papermill went into administration in April with 325 people paid off immediately.

A database has now been set up to track every one of the 560 individuals affected by the demise of the Markinch-based paper manufacturer.

The allocation of £332,526 from the £6 million initally committed is being provided for training with 3o5 of the 396 training requests having already been arranged.

David Ross, Fife Council leader, said: “Although I am encouraged by what has been achieved to date, there are still significant numbers of workers directly affected by the Tullis Russell and other closures who require our continued support. I can reassure all those affected that further assistance will be forthcoming.”