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CS Wind deals jobs hammer blow to renewables industry

CS Wind cutting back

The UK’s only manufacturer of onshore and offshore wind towers, CS Wind in Argyll, is axing 73 of its 94 workers because of a lack of orders.

Despite the government’s commitment to renewables, the South Korea-owned company said the workers will be laid off as work dries up at its Campbeltown plant.

Unite the union reacted furiously, saying the company had foreceast a “positive outlook” in accounts lodged in April this year when it posted pre-tax profits in 2018 of £7.1 million against a loss of £191,000 in 2017.

The factory has been fully operational since January 2002 after it was acquired by CS Wind in April 2016. The company made a £27 million investment in the facility.

As part of a complex set of partnership arrangements the Danish firm Ørsted also made a multi-million pound investment in the facility in December of that year.

It also has preferred access rights to towers for its offshore wind farms. In addition, CS Wind signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Swedish company – Vattenfall – which gave the company the opportunity to tender for tower supply contracts on future Vattenfall onshore wind farm projects.

Unite has been at the forefront of campaigning for Scottish facilities and factories including the BiFab yards in Arnish and Fife to benefit from the ‘green manufacturing revolution’.

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