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Union officials travel to Canada for meeting with Bi-F...

Union officials travel to Canada for meeting with Bi-Fab owners to discuss jobs

24 July 2018

Pat Rafferty, Unite Scottish secretary, and Gary Smith, GMB Scotland secretary will travel to Canada tomorrow (25 July) to meet with senior managers at DF Barnes, owners of the Fife and Lewis based fabrication firm, Bi-Fab. 

The Canada meeting follows renewed dialogue between the unions and the company in Scotland and a meeting with the Scottish government's new finance and economy secretary Derek McKay which will take place today in Glasgow. Speaking ahead of their arrival in Canada, Gary Smith and Pat Rafferty said: "Our number one priority for months has been not just the rescue of a company but the employment of people in Fife and in Lewis. We remain optimistic that the outlook for restoring significant levels of employment at the BiFab yards is achievable, if work can be secured.  

"The new owners, alongside the Scottish government, need to work with us to build trust through regular and meaningful dialogue on the future. Only by pulling together will we deliver on our ambitions for people and employment in Fife and on Lewis."

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 Notes to Editors

No further comment will be made today.