Statement on the Unite
website >>> — Unite Scotland (@UniteScotland)
November 6, 2018
Bob MacGregor SCOTLAND’S GOVERNMENTS MUST WORK TO STOP POTENTIAL MICHELIN CLOSURE – LABOUR
The Labour Party, Dundee City Labour Party, Labour Councillors, MSP Jenny Marra and trade unions are fighting together to stop closure of Michelin in Dundee and save jobs.
5th November 2018
Unite the union has today (5 November) reacted to media reports that the Michelin Group plans to close its Dundee factory by 2020.
In September the tyre producer stated that over a three year period production capacity was to be reduced due to an influx of cheap foreign imports from Asia into the European market and falling demand for premium tyres in smaller dimensions.
If the reports are to be confirmed by the company at a meeting scheduled tomorrow (Tuesday 6 November) this will represent a ‘hammer-blow’ for Dundee and the manufacturing industry in Scotland.
Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty, said:
“Unite has been aware of the challenging market situation facing the Michelin Group.
"This has been primarily due to the cheap foreign imports from Asia and as a result falling demand for premium tyres in smaller dimensions, which the Dundee factory specialises in producing.
"If the media reports are confirmed by Michelin, this will be hammer-blow for Dundee.
"It would be devastating and a betrayal of the workforce who have made major changes to working practices at the site in order to secure its long-term future.
"The workforce can be assured Unite will fight tooth and nail to save our factory, we will leave no stone unturned to keep this factory open.
"Unite will work day and night to ensure that all options remain on the table.”
"Scottish Enterprise allocated £4.5 million into new production machinery in addition to a £12 million investment by the Michelin Group to support increased demand for larger tyres in the Dundee factory last year.
Commenting on the announcement of Michelin’s intention to close its plant in Dundee, STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said:
"This announcement is a devastating blow to the workforce and to Dundee.
"However, they have faced this situation before and overcome it due to their commitment and resilience.
"We will give the workforce and their union Unite every possible support to do so again and to ensure that Michelin continues to operate in Dundee.
"The company needs to meet its obligation to explore with the union every avenue to retain activity and jobs at the plant and both the Scottish and UK Governments and their agencies need to work all out with the union to put in place an alternative plan that will retain Michelin in Dundee and secure the jobs at risk."
Scottish Labour’s two most senior figures have written a joint letter calling on the UK and Scottish governments to do everything possible to save the jobs of the workers at the Michelin factory in Dundee.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Lesley Laird have urged both the Tory and SNP administrations to work together to save the factory, which employs more than 800 people.
In their letter, the Scottish Labour leadership suggest immediate action that could be taken to help save the factory, including:
• Demanding the UK Treasury immediately provide the extra £50million originally promised to the region as part of the Tay Cities Deal.
• Demanding both the UK and Scottish governments review their use of public procurement to assess whether additional orders could be placed with the factory.
• Urging both governments to work closely with trade unions to help save the factory and protect jobs.
The text of the joint letter states:
Dear Philip, David and Derek, As you will be aware, this week Michelin Tyres has stated its intention to close its Dundee factory with the loss of around 850 jobs.
The Michelin factory provides much needed jobs for Dundee, but also training and skills.
Dundee has suffered disproportionately as a result of deindustrialisation and a further loss of skilled jobs would undoubtedly be devastating for the city and region.
Now is the time for both the UK and Scottish governments to step up and support Dundee and these workers and their families in this time of need.
The first priority must be supporting trade unions in their efforts to keep the factory open – this needs the cooperation and support of both governments to succeed. Labour MSPs, MPs and local councillors also stand ready to provide any and all assistance needed to keep the factory open.
This effort should also be coupled with an immediate review of public procurement by both the UK and Scottish governments to assess whether additional orders could be placed at the factory, as part of efforts to ensure its long-term future.
But the upcoming Tay Cities Deal also provides an opportunity to inject new investment into the local economy.
That is why we are now urging the UK Government to provide the full £200million of funding for the Tay Cities Deal that was initially promised, matching the funding provided by the Scottish Government.
An extra £50million would provide a welcome stimulus to a region, support for the supply chain and help pave the way for an industrial strategy for Dundee.
Given the urgency of the situation and the understandable concerns of the workforce, we would welcome a response as soon as possible.
Statement on the Unite website >>>
— Unite Scotland (@UniteScotland) November 6, 2018
SCOTLAND’S GOVERNMENTS MUST WORK TO STOP POTENTIAL MICHELIN CLOSURE – LABOUR
NEWS FROM SCOTTISH LABOUR
Michelin Statement by Richard Leonard , leader of the Scottish Labour Party
6 November 2018
Commenting on reports Dundee's Michelin factory could close, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard MSP said:
"This is devastating news for the Michelin workforce and their families, the city of Dundee and the wider Tayside community.
"My thoughts are with them.
"The Michelin factory in Dundee has provided not just hundreds of well paid jobs, but much needed skills and training to a city which has suffered greatly as a result of deindustrialisation.
"It is now key that the Scottish Government does everything it possibly can to keep the factory open and protect jobs.
"This should include working closely with Michelin, trade unions and the Dundee community to provide urgent clarity on the current situation.
"Scottish Labour stands ready to provide constructive support to help Michelin workers and keep the factory open."