Trade unions GMB and Unite, supported by the STUC are campaigning to force EDF Renewables, part of French owned nuclear giant EDF to make good on promises that the Neart na Goaithe (NnG ) contracts the fabrication of offshore wind turbines to Bi-Fab yards in Methil and Burnt Island.
The campaign was launched through fears that little of the work fabricating jackets for wind turbines would come to Fife and instead would be gifted to countries as far afield as Indonesia.
An alliance of workers, community groups, elected representatives and environmental campaigners have endorsed a union led campaign Fife ‘Ready for Renewal’ which aims to call EDF to account.
NnG is an offshore wind farm worth a staggering £2 billion. It will be located less than ten miles from the coast of Fife and will generate enough electricity to power a city the size of Edinburgh. Bi-Fab along with community groups and politicians of all parties campaigned for the NnG development and against objections from the RSPB which went to the Supreme Court before permissions were granted.
Unions have previously criticized the failure to deliver renewable supply chain benefits but the jobs of the future that are critical to delivering the ‘green energy revolution’ and a sustainable planet are being carved-up by big business, who don’t care about Scottish workers, our communities and our future.
Unions and environmental campaigners have increasingly highlighted the central need for a Just Transition and are highly critical of, EDF’s plan, which will actually harm the fight against climate change. By shipping these massive steel structures to Fife (two at a time per ship requiring over 30 journeys) they will generate carbon emissions equivalent to 35,000,000 cars on the road.