A mothballed yard currently on lease to Scottish manufacturer Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab) should be “separated” from the firm “as soon as possible”, according to a Western Isles council leader.
A former UK energy minister has called on the Scottish Government to “come clean” about the terms of a lease agreement for a mothballed BiFab yard on the Isle of Lewis.
A £160,000 repair and maintenance project is to be carried out on the quay at Arnish Point, near Stornoway, in the Outer Hebrides.
On the Friday before Christmas, the last of 140 workers at the Arnish fabriction yard on Lewis were paid off.
Anxious workers at Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) have been “left in the dark” over their future despite a job-saving contract announcement last month, according to a Scottish trade union.
A fresh threat of job losses at a Western Isles fabrication plant was branded “an outrage” by shadow chancellor John McDonnell yesterday.
A new threat of redundancy hangs over workers at Burntisland Fabrication’s (BiFab) yard in Arnish, according to unions Unite and GMB.
Economy Secretary Keith Brown has raised hopes that major contracts and new investment could soon revive the near deserted Arnish yard on Lewis.
Union leaders say hundreds of workers at BiFab marine engineering yards are to be made redundant.
Concerns for jobs at the Arnish manufacturing yard in Lewis are growing as the site finishes its last big order amid a slump in oil and gas industry. Yard operator, Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab), continues to chase orders and seek new work in a bid to stave off redundancies. At present, more than 40 personnel are estimated to be working at Arnish. Agency staff, making up about half that figure, are expected to be paid off soon.