Trade union leaders have urged Nicola Sturgeon not to give up on Scottish manufacturing firm Burntisland Fabrication as it “teeters on the brink of collapse”.
The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has written to the First Minister asking that she seek a “political resolution” to a lifeline North Sea wind farm contract.
BiFab owner DF Barnes said last week that a Scottish Government decision to pull support for the firm had made winning the contract for eight turbine jackets on the NnG wind farm project “very challenging”.
But French developer EDF has refused to rule out a deal.
STUC general secretary Roz Foyer said: “It is an understatement to say that we have reached a critical juncture for the offshore wind supply chain. The faith of workers in the potential for a just transition is at breaking point.
“It is to the benefit of no-one, whether in government or industry, for BiFab to be added to the list of supply chain failures – there is too much at stake for us to give up now.”
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said: “We will continue to do everything possible to support the business while recognising the need for us to remain in line with State Aid regulations.”