The future of Dundee’s largest remaining factory could be decided on Friday morning.
Since news of French tyre manufacturer Michelin’s decision to shut down its Baldovie site broke earlier this month ministers, politicians, management and unions have been in talks as part of attempts to save the site.
Economy secretary Derek Mackay met senior executives of the Michelin board at the end of last week.
The details of their discussion will not be shared until representatives of the workers group are informed during Friday’s meeting, according to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
During First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood on Thursday afternoon, Dundee East MSP Shona Robison asked for an update as to the discussions surrounding the site’s future.
Mrs Sturgeon said: “The Scottish Government remains focused on securing the best possible outcome for the Michelin Dundee site and its workers.
“The economy secretary had a very productive meeting with Micheln senior executives last Friday where we presented propositions relating to the future of the site and its workforce in Dundee.
“The finance secretary will convene the third meeting of the Michelin Dundee action group tomorrow (Friday) morning, where he will update them on Michelin’s response to the proposition and the next steps.
“Once the action group and representatives of the work force have been informed of the outcome of these discussions the cabinet secretary will of course update local members.
“We are working with trade unions, Dundee City Council, the UK Government and across the parties with local MSPs to ensure the best possible outcome for the Michelin site and all its workers.”
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.
It is understood the Scottish Government has presented two proposals to the company which could see them keep some presence in the city.