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Unite calls for ministerial meeting over Doosan Babcoc...

Unite calls for ministerial meeting over Doosan Babcock job cuts

09 December 2016

Unite the union has called for a meeting with the Scottish Government over massive job cuts at Doosan Babcock in Renfrew.

Unite has written to economy and jobs secretary Keith Brown, asking to meet in Edinburgh next week. 

The call comes following the news that Doosan Babcock wants to lay off around 270 staff at its offices and manufacturing facility in Renfrew. 

Unite regional officer Alison MacLean said: “Today (Friday 9 December) we had talks with the company, and the news wasn’t very promising. 

“In the coming two or three years, Doosan Babcock will be working on the new Hinkley Point nuclear power project, and that should bring work to Renfrew. But at the moment, the company say they have no orders that they can bring forward to help protect some of these jobs and there appears to be little opportunity for redeployment.

“They may lease out their manufacturing facility to other companies in the interim period, but again, there’s no guarantee that will lead to job opportunities for our members.”

Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “We need urgent action to protect these skilled manufacturing jobs and the Scottish Government needs to help. They should work with Unite, with Doosan Babcock and with other employers, to make sure there is continuity of employment for our members.

“The Scottish Government set up a special task force when the Tata steel plants in Dalzell and Clydebridge were threatened, and we need the same kind of initiative for our members at Doosan Babcock.”

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For further information or to arrange an interview, contact  Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / david.eyre@unitetheunion.org