Labour has called for the Scottish Government to ensure Burntisland Fabrications remains operational by backing current contracts and existing work.
Burntisland Fabrications, known as BiFab, is facing the possibility of administration due to disputed contracts.
The firm supports over a thousand skilled jobs in Fife, the Isle of Lewis and in the wider Scottish economy, and is a key strategic player in Scotland’s renewable energy sector.
Speaking at First Minister’s Questions, interim Scottish Labour leader Jackie Baillie called on the Scottish Government to commit to providing financial support, up front, to protect jobs until the dispute is resolved.
Scottish Labour Interim leader Jackie Baillie said:
“The Scottish Government’s energy strategy prioritises renewables. This is an industry where more work is expected and BiFab could be at the forefront of delivering that infrastructure.
“It cannot be right that one of Scotland’s biggest sources of renewable jobs is facing administration while renewables are supposed to be a key priority for Scotland’s economy.
“That is one of the key reasons that the Scottish Government has a significant interest in BiFab, through Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
“Workers need a cast iron guarantee which will allow them to continue to work and prepare for future renewables work. The Scottish Government should commit to providing financial support so that the company can remain operational and the jobs are secured and the work remains in Scotl