BiFab Joint Trade Union Media Statement
For immediate distribution: Thursday 2 May 2019
Responding after today’s (Thursday 2 May) offshore wind summit in Edinburgh with trade unions, government and energy and engineering industry representatives, GMB Scotland Secretary Gary Smith and Unite Scotland Secretary Pat Rafferty said:
“Actions speak louder than words but we leave this summit confident that the Scottish Government shares our determination to make sure we get our share of the renewables manufacturing bonanza, and that they will take all necessary measures within their powers to do this.
“We told the UK Government that immediate and sustained investment from their offshore wind deal holds the key to infrastructure improvements that can help make the Scottish supply chain a global player – the ball is now very much in their court if they credibly want to realise their aims for this sector.
“For the industry majors that have carved up the jobs and value from our billion pound offshore wind market, there will be a realisation that the days of giving Scotland scraps from our own table are at an end because the status quo is not acceptable and our campaign for work and prosperity is not going away.”
Contact: Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications, on 07976 447077.