Action to hit Michelin in Dundee
6:31 am EST, 9 November 2018
6:31 am EST, 9 November 2018
Politicians, business leaders and trade unions will join forces in Dundee.
The Scottish Government has announced details of the action group that is being set up to look at alternative futures for the plant and its 845 workers.
It will be led by Dundee City Council leader John Alexander and Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, with both Scottish Finance and Economy Secretary Derek Mackay and Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell also involved, as well as John Reid, director of Dundee's Michelin site.
It comes after the first Minister Nicola Sturgeon pledged Scottish ministers would be "leave no stone unturned" in the efforts to secure a "positive future" for the factory.
She said, adding that she was with the staff there and their families.
The France-based tire firm has given Mr. Mackay some three weeks to come with an alternative to closing the plant.
Michelin plans to close its Dundee site by mid 2020 (Andrew Milligan / PA)
I can put that offer to them, "he said.
The Michelin action has now been tasked with developing the first time in the city on Monday.
It also includes senior figures from the United States trade union, including Dundee Chamber of Commerce chief executive Alison Henderson, and Damien Yeates, head of Skills Development and Skills Development Scotland.
In addition to this, Dr. Hamid Mughal, co-chair of the strategic leadership group of the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland.
Mr Alexander pledged that he would be "hit the ground running" and would be focused on keeping Michelin in Dundee.
He stated: "It is imperative that the membership of the action group reflects stakeholders, experience and those with an ability to find solutions. I'm delighted to say that
"This action group will hit the ground with one focus, to retain the Michelin footprint in Dundee. I want to thank the Scottish Government, in particular, for their unwavering support for the workforce and the city at this difficult time. "
Mr Mackay added: "The Michelin action group will work tirelessly in the coming weeks to explore all the options and provide Michelin with a proposal for a service in Dundee."
Michelin confirmed earlier this week that its Dundee plant, which opened in 1972, is due to cease operations by mid-2020.
The company said the market for premium small tires such as those produced at the Tayside factory has dropped significantly to increase in imports from Asia.
Scottish Labor leader Richard Leonard called for the UK Government to commit an extra £ 50 million to the Tay Cities deal for the Dundee area – which would take its contribution to the £ 200 million pledged by the Scottish Government.
He added: "Every possible lever of government – at both at Scottish and UK level – must be pulled into the collective effort to save these 850 jobs and secure the factory's future."
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