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Joint Trade Union Statement (GMB Scotland & Unite Scotland): BiFab Administration

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Joint Trade Union Statement (GMB Scotland & Unite Scotland): BiFab Administration

BiFab Administration Exposes Myth of Scotland’s Renewables Revolution

Responding to the announcement that BiFab has filed for administration this morning (Thursday 3 December), following the Scottish Government’s decision to withdraw financial guarantees supporting the manufacturing of eight offshore wind turbine jackets for the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) project, Joint Trade Union Secretaries Gary Smith and Pat Rafferty said:

“BiFab’s administration exposes the myth of Scotland’s renewables revolution as well as a decade of political hypocrisy and failure, in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

“The workers and communities dependent on these yards have fought so hard for a future and everyone was hoping that 2021 would finally be the turning point.

“Shamefully the Scottish Government has buried these hopes just in time for Christmas and they have worked together with UK Government in doing so.

“A decade on from the promise of a ‘Saudi Arabia of renewables’ and 28,000 full time jobs in offshore wind manufacturing, we’ve been left with industrial ruins in Fife and Lewis.”

 The joint trade unions will comment further in the coming days.


Contact: Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447 077 or Charlotte Gregory, GMB Scotland Communications on 07811 419 402.

Notes to Editors:

“BiFab unions have “no confidence or trust” in government after DF Barnes hit back at Ministerial claims”, Friday 27 November 2020, access at: << GMB Scotland |>>