Political will must translate into action to prevent job losses at one of Fife’s biggest employers, a local MSP has said.
Claire Baker said it is imperative a forthcoming hole in BiFab’s order books is plugged to protect positions at the firm’s three yards.
The Mid-Scotland and Fife representative said she is concerned the firm could reduce its full-time staff and possibly close yards as it approaches the end of its contracts for the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm development.
Following a cross-party meeting at the Scottish Parliament to discuss the matter, Mrs Baker said: “The turnout shows that BiFab workers have the clear support of the Scottish Parliament.
“We must use that political will to try and secure the long term future of the yard.
“We must now put pressure on the UK Government and the consortiums tendering their contracts for the year ahead.
“It is vital that we plug the upcoming gap in BiFab’s order book and protect jobs at the three yards.
“I am determined to play my part and I welcome the clear commitment from fellow MSPs that they will work with me in supporting workers at the yards.”
Earlier this month, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon vowed the Scottish Government would do “everything they can” to protect jobs at the yards in Methil, Burntisland and the Isle of Lewis.
The fabricator, whose 1,400 workforce is mostly based in Methil, was on the brink of collapse three times in November before a Scottish Government bailout staved off the immediate threat of administration.
This week’s meeting followed a similar event in 2015 which led to cross-party pressure on the UK Government to secure work for the yards.
Mrs Baker added: “When the Energy Park opened we were told it would play a leading role in the renewable sector.
“Sadly, that has failed to materialise. However, there is still much potential for both the Park and BiFab as an organisation and major employer in Fife. This must be realised.”