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Joint Unions Statement - BiFab

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Joint Unions Statement - BiFab

Gary Smith, GMB Scotland Secretary and Pat Rafferty, Scottish Secretary, Unite the Union, will travel to Canada tomorrow, 25 July, to meet with senior managers at DF Barnes, owners of the Fife and Lewis based fabrication firm, Bi-Fab. The Canada meeting follows renewed dialogue between the unions and the company in Scotland and a meeting with the Scottish Government's new Finance and Economy Secretary, Derek Mackay, which will take place today in Glasgow. Speaking ahead of their arrival in Canada, Gary Smith and Pat Rafferty said:

"Our number one priority for months has been not just the rescue of a company but the employment of people in Fife and in Lewis. We remain optimistic that the outlook for restoring significant levels of employment at the BiFab yards is achievable, if work can be secured. 

The new owners, alongside the Scottish Government, need to work with us to build trust through regular and meaningful dialogue on the future. Only by pulling together will we deliver on our ambitions for people and employment in Fife and on Lewis."


Contact:  GMB Scotland 0141 332 8641.