ROBISON URGES UK GOVERNMENT ACTS TO SAVE MICHELIN JOBS
Dundee East MSP Shona Robison has urged the UK government to “think again” on investing £50 million through the Tay Cities Deal to secure a future at the Michelin tyre factory in Dundee.
As reported in today’s Courier, the extra cash injection was ruled out yesterday by Scottish Secretary David Mundell. Since the potential closure of Dundee’s Michelin plant was announced, the SNP has urged the UK government to come forward with an additional £50 million to help save jobs – which would simply match the £200 million in city deal funding already committed by the Scottish Government.
Ms Robison said that failure to explore every option to secure jobs at the site, including an extra £50 million cash injection, would be “unforgiveable”.
Commenting, Shona Robison said:
“Everyone’s full focus should be on securing a future for Michelin in Dundee and for the 850 jobs that depend upon it.
“That has been my clear focus since the difficult news was announced last week, and the focus of the Scottish Government.
“But for the UK government, at this early and crucial stage, to rule out delivering £50 million that Dundee is already owed through the Tay Cities Deal is unacceptable – in fact, it’s unforgivable.
“The UK government needs to think again – hundreds of jobs are on the line.
“And if the Scottish Secretary doesn’t have the clout around the Cabinet table to deliver the investment that Dundee desperately needs, then he’s clearly not up to the task.
“Last week, Dundee’s politicians wrote to the Prime Minister asking her to personally intervene to save these vital jobs. Given this latest development, we need action and the £50 million Dundee was promised – and we need it now.”