Union will work hard to protect jobs at Penman Engineering

Union will work hard to protect jobs at Penman Engineering

01 September 2016

Unite the union says it will work hard to protect the jobs of its members at Penman Engineering in Dumfries.

Penman Engineering announced that administrators for the company had been appointed on 31 August. The company, which specialises in bespoke vehicle design and construction, with an expertise in armoured vehicles, blamed a delay in the arrival of a major contract. 

Unite regional officer Paul Neilson said: “This is a worrying time for our members at Penman Engineering. In the coming days and weeks, we will support them, and will work hard to ensure that their rights are respected in this process.

“We will also work hard to protect their jobs. We will work constructively with the company and the administrators, and we call on our elected representatives at council, Holyrood and Westminster level, to do everything they can to help secure a new buyer.

“Scotland can’t afford to lose more high-skilled jobs from the manufacturing sector, and Dumfries & Galloway can’t afford another blow to its economy.”


For further information or to an arrange an interview contact Unite regional officer Paul Neilson on 07764 710097 or Unite Scotland Media & Communications Officer David Eyre on 07960 451631. Email

Notes to editors:

Unite has around 76 members at Penman Engineering, representing a majority of the workforce.