Around 60 apprentices have been caught up in Michelin’s decision to close its Dundee factory.
Millions of pounds for supporting Scottish firms were lying dormant in bank accounts while Michelin Dundee spiralled into decline.
It is sad news and a shock to the workers, but the closure of the Michelin plant in Dundee is just the beginning of a revolution.
Sir, – To say I am appalled at the loss of the Michelin plant in Dundee would be an understatement; the situation is a disaster for a city which has suffered death from a thousand cuts – Timex, NCR and on and on – over the last 20 years.
Tax breaks and government grants are ready to be deployed in the battle to save Dundee’s Michelin plant, says the finance secretary.
Michelin Dundee, Scotland’s only tyre manufacturing plant, opened in the early 1970s after a small team from France toured potential sites for a new factory and settled on farmland near Baldovie, in the north-east of the city.
The Tay Cities Deal (TCD) must not be used to support Michelin workers at the expense of other projects, governments have been warned.
Heart-broken Michelin workers were in tears at the factory gate after being told they would be losing their jobs in a ten-minute briefing on Tuesday morning.
‘We have viable plan on the table’: Union shocked at Michelin closure as it planned new working agreement
Union officials were expecting to sign off a new workforce agreement they claim would have ensured Michelin Dundee's long term viability when the rug was pulled on the factory.
Scottish Government finance secretary Derek Mackay has said he still believes Michelin Dundee can be saved.