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Unite pledge to work with smelter owners and local community

Unite pledges to work with smelter owners and local community

19 December 2016

Scotland’s biggest industrial union has pledged to work positively with the new owners of Lochaber’s aluminium smelter – as well as the local community. 

Unite was commenting on the day of the official launch of the new enterprise (Monday 19 December) following its purchase by GFG Alliance.

GFG Alliance has bought the smelter and other associated land and assets from Australian company Rio Tinto Alcan. Included in the purchase is some 120,000 acres of land that could from part one of Scotland’s largest community land buy-outs, headed by the East Lochaber and Laggan Community Trust.

Unite regional officer Richard Whyte said: “If the new owner’s plans are brought to fruition, they should create hundreds of new jobs for Lochaber and be a shot in the arm for industry in the Highlands.

“The proposed community land buy-out by the East Lochaber and Laggan Community Trust also has a focus on economic development and job creation and we’re very encouraged by both these developments. 

“We look forward to actively engaging with both GFG Alliance and the Community Trust, and with any other party who has jobs and industry for Lochaber on its agenda.”

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Notes to editors 

For further information contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / david.eyre@unitetheunion.org