Michelin Dundee closure: Workers in tears after kick in the teeth job axe announcement

Michelin Dundee closure: Workers in tears after \kick in the teeth\ job axe announcement

Repurposing bid to save jobs at Michelin tyre factory

Mr Mackay said the tyre maker had agreed to give him a hearing in about three weeks time so he can put an alternative proposal to them.

He has tasked Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, to work on a repurposing proposition looking at different options for the plant, which employs 845 workers.

He said: “The decision was validated on October 9 by the executive committee at Michelin and we have been working since then to try and organise ourselves ready for this very difficult communication, and obviously identify and understand what support mechanisms we can put in place to help our people at the end of this process.”

Mr Mackay told BBC Radio Scotlands Good Morning Scotland programme: I will be pulling together the best expertise, to put the best possible proposition to Michelin.

They, whilst not wanting to revisit the decision, are at least giving me a hearing in about three weeks time so I can put that offer to them.

Mr Mackay said he still had hope for its future, adding: “When I expressed to them the things we are doing in Scotland, our manufacturing, our innovation, raising the skills and aspirations of our country, I think they took an interest in that.

Mr Mackay travelled to Paris to hold talks with senior figures from the French-based firm at the weekend, after learning of the proposal to shut the Dundee site in the next two years.

Marc Jackson, Unite Michelin convenor said: “To stress to the workforce and the wider community in Dundee, Unite has a viable plan on the table. It is a plan that can work for the workforce and the company.” pic.twitter.com/T8gAfiJ4kX

Scottish Government pledges support for Michelin staff

Mr Mackay said he still had hope for its future, adding: When I expressed to them the things we are doing in Scotland, our manufacturing, our innovation, raising the skills and aspirations of our country, I think they took an interest in that.

Mr Mackay, who met representatives from Michelin, the Unite union and Dundee City Council, said: This is devastating news for the area and thats why the Scottish Government is totally focused on trying to salvage what we can from the situation.

He called on the UK Govenrment to commit additional funding to the Tay Cities deal, which brings together the governments in Edinburgh and London, along with the local council and others, to try to boost the local economy.

The market for premium smaller tyres such as those produced at the Tayside factory has dropped significantly due to an increase in cheap imports from Asia and a shift to larger car tyres, according to the French firm.

We knew of cuts – not closure: Michelin workers react to closure of Dundee factory

The UK Government has announced £150 million of cash for this, with Holyrood ministers pledging £200 million.

“It was a kick in the teeth,” he told The National. “Until the announcement was made – at least in the media yesterday – that was the plan we thought we were signing up to today.”

Mr Mackay said he was open to providing additional resources, but said Westminster must do the same.

Bob McGregor, regional officer for Unite at the factory, said that until Monday night, when news of the closure was leaked, he and union colleagues thought the plant’s future was guaranteed.

Doomed factory workers were sent home after chiefs told them closing the tyre factory was the only option.

Another worker Cameron Hughes, 49, from Carnoustie – who has worked for the company for more than 30 years – emerged from a meeting and said: Weve just been told, in literally 10 minutes, thats it in 22 months.

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