The STUC has today written to Alok Sharma MP and Paul Wheelhouse MSP, respective UK and Scottish Ministers with the energy portfolio, calling for urgent action and a jobs crisis summit with a seat at the table for its affiliated unions, Unite and GMB. The call follows recent announcements of job losses at ADL, leading manufacturer of high performance hybrid buses; the virtual mothballing of Bifab, Scotland’s offshore jacket construction company, and at CS Wind, our only turbine manufacturer.
In the letter, STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer says:
“The STUC is committed to building a low-carbon economy and action on climate change. However, promises of a green recovery and a future jobs guarantee are worthless unless there is an industrial plan and investment strategy brought forward to deliver it; to transform our renewables supply chains, boost our competitiveness and sustain the prosperity of the workers and communities that depend upon them.
The BiFab yards are effectively idle and we are continuing to hear pessimistic noises from developers and contractors both with respect to work from the consented NNG and Seagreen projects, as well as significant doubts as to whether there is any meaningful additional conditionality to create local supply chain jobs in the recent ScotWind offshore wind leasing round launched in June.”
And she added:
“We have not been short of party political sympathy in the battle to create decent green jobs. But we have seen too little in terms of political action. If we are to find a new track to a better recovery, we need that action now.”