Unions call for EDF boss to face Fife locals on wind farm jobs

Matthias Haag, NNG Offshore Wind project director.
Matthias Haag, NNG Offshore Wind project director.

A group of Scottish trade unions have served the boss of EDF Renewables with a letter calling for him to face locals in Fife.

Unite, GMB Union and the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) have co-signed a letter to EDF Renewables chief executive Mattieu Hue requesting that he “meet workers” in Fife and “see the strength of the people”.

The group, called Ready for Renewal, will also take its campaign to the Scottish Parliament today in an attempt to drum up support.

Mr Hue’s firm came under fire last week after it was discovered EDF Renewables £2 billion Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) project had agreed a multi-million manufacturing deal with Italian firm Saipem instead of local firm Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab).

It was hoped the NnG deal would create around 500 jobs while also delivering £540 million to the local economy.

Now trade unions have called on Mr Hue to meet with former BiFab workers on 20 June.

Hundreds of BiFab staff took to the streets of Edinburgh when the firm’s yards were mothballed after it hit financial difficulty in 2017.

An offshore wind summit was held at the Scottish Parliament at the beginning of May after BiFab lost out on a fabrication deal for the giant 100-turbine Moray Firth wind development.

A further contract for the Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Farm also went to Spanish firm Navantia.