Partial Bi-Fab reprieve highlights need for radical change in contracting, investment in supply chain and for corporate giants to be pressured to support local economies
STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said:
“We have no doubt that were it not for the ‘Fife is Ready for Renewal’ campaign the construction of even these 8 jackets would have been off-shored too. It is sadly reflective of a sector dominated by multinationals intent on chasing a quick buck rather than investing in communities and building a long-term industrial base.
“When energy corporations like EDF chase profits and move manufacturing to Indonesia, not only do they offshore jobs, carbon emissions and tax revenues, but they risk creating a backlash to climate action.
“The UK Government’s Contracts for Difference scheme needs to be turned on its head with a presumption in favour of the domestic supply chain and developers being required to make a special case to deviate from that. Today we are challenging all Tory MPs in Scotland to pledge urgent action to remedy the appalling lack of loyalty to Scotland and UK based workers.
“It is now essential that the Scottish Government and DF Barnes move to invest in upgrading the yards’ facilities to enable it to win future contracts. We call on the Scottish Government to urgently reconvene the offshore renewables summit that we were led to believe would happen before the end of the year.
“All eyes are now on SSE which has won the CfD for the Seagreen offshore wind project, effectively subsided through the fuel bills of hundreds of thousands of customers across Scotland. We demand and expect that they will enter early talks with BiFab’s owners, not to mention other Scottish suppliers to ensure that the work associated with the project is done in Scotland.”
For more information, please contact Rachel Thomson, Campaigns & Communications Officer on 07974966227 or Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary on 07891026870.