A north-east politician will today question the Scottish Government on the number of jobs that are still under threat in Fraserburgh.
Young’s Seafood Ltd in the port announced earlier this year that it had lost a multi-million pound contract to produce salmon. The reduction in production at its Watermill Road plant now means hundreds are facing being made redundant.
Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald will now ask today during general questions at Holyrood for the exact number of people “at risk”.
This morning, Mr Macdonald said: “Many jobs have already been lost at Young’s and others are still under threat. This is a crisis which has hit the community of Fraserburgh hard in recent months.
“I will be taking this opportunity to press Ministers about what progress has been made by the Scottish Government and its agencies since the inaugural meeting of the Fraserburgh Taskforce on October 2.”
The taskforce – which includes representatives from Young’s and the union – agreed to secure alternative jobs for those affected by the job losses and to continue to work with the firm to find new markets for its products.
A week prior to the meeting, Young’s announced that its operation in the port would be kept open and about 250 employees would be retained to focus on making hot and cold, smoked, ready-to-eat products.
But about 650 people still face losing their jobs.