Contract controversy

SNP’s green pledge a ‘grotesque insult’ to BiFab

Bifab protest

BiFab will ‘wither on the vine’ says Labour (pic: Terry Murden)

Labour has described the SNP’s commitment to supporting green energy jobs as a “grotesque insult” to workers at the BiFab yards following the government’s failure to underwrite a key wind farm contract.

The SNP Conference called on the party to support a “green, just and resilient” recovery from Covid-19…through the development of skills and creation of good, green jobs in our communities.”

It comes just 24 hours after BiFab management said it was”perplexed and disappointed” by the withdrawal of financial support from the Scottish and UK governments which claimed there was “no legal route” to support BiFab’s hopes of securing £30m of work for the £2 billion Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) windfarm project.

Bifab accused the two governments of being “untruthful and inaccurate” over allegations that the company’s Canadian owner is to blame by not investing in the yards.

Scottish Labour economy and jobs spokesman Alex Rowley today said: “This statement from BiFab management makes it clear that the SNP and Tories have decided to allow BiFab to wither on the vine without exploring all options open to the company.

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