REVEALED: Members of Michelin Action Group tasked with saving Dundee factory named

REVEALED: Members of Michelin Action Group tasked with saving Dundee factory named

Michelin task force announced to help stricken tyre plant

It includes factory workers, government ministers, union officials, academics, industry leaders and local management at the firm.

The Michelin Action Group has three weeks to come up with a plan to stop the closure of the Baldovie factory – or at least find a new lease of life at the site for the 845 staff based there.

The Chancellor earlier this week claimed that the UK is now benefiting from a boom in fiscal revenues. The UK Government now have a clear opportunity to use this boom and prove that austerity across the country is now truly over, by providing the necessary support to the Michelin workforce and by working with all partners to ensure that the workers and their local communities are not let down.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said: I have been clear that the Scottish Government will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to find a viable and sustainable future for the plant and its highly skilled workforce.

Stewart Hosie MP, Shona Robison MSP, Chris Law MP and Joe FitzPatrick MSP have written a joint letter to the Prime Minister, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Secretary of State for Scotland following the announcement from Michelin that their Dundee plant will close by mid-2020.

The Michelin Action Group will work tirelessly in the coming weeks to explore all options and provide Michelin with a proposition that demonstrates what support can offered, be it business rates or financial aid, to help retain a presence in Dundee.

Working with the workforce and industry experts, the group will examine how the plant could be repurposed for the future if Michelin decide to press ahead with the closure.

Michelin offers glimmer of hope of tyre plants future

• Tim Allan, Deputy Chair of the Tay Cities Enterprise Forum and President of Scottish Chambers of Commerce

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Michelin executives have signalled they will not reverse their decision, but are willing to hear the case for doing so as co-ordinated by the Scottish Government and others.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay confirmed Michelin notified the Scottish Government of the decision last Wednesday, five days before its 845 workers learned their fate. Michelin blamed cheap Asian imports flooding into Europe and a growing trend of car manufacturers looking for smaller tyres.

Factory manager John Reid, who was described by Mr Mackay as a local legend this week, has been given permission to sit on the MAG by the tyre manufacturers HQ.

Marc Jackson, Unite Michelin convener, said: It is important to stress to the workforce and the wider community in Dundee that Unite has a viable plan on the table. It is a plan that can work for the workforce and the company.

Mr Alexander said: It is imperative that the membership of the action group reflects stakeholders, experience and those with an ability to find solutions.

Employees were called to an emergency meeting at the French firms Baldovie plant yesterday to confirm its closure by 2020, but it has emerged management made the decision nearly a month earlier.

This action group will hit the ground running with one focus, to retain Michelins footprint in Dundee.

She replied: If redundancies are inevitable here, then we will want to see workers getting the best possible deal and Michelin, as I understand it, have already given commitments that that will be the case, but we dont want, at this stage, to assume that that is an inevitable outcome.

Members of a group tasked with securing a future for the Michelin plant in Dundee have been announced by economy secretary Derek Mackay.

Scottish Enterprise chief executive Steve Dunlop and Dundee City Council leader John Alexander will lead the group.

The factorys 845 employees were told earlier this week the plant would close its doors within two years.

Speaking at First Ministers Questions, she said: This news this week has clearly been devastating for the 845 workers at Michelin and for their families and the wider community in Dundee. My thoughts are with all of them at this time.

Michelin said 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.

Mr Mackay told BBC Radio Scotlands Good Morning Scotland: 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.

Despite confirming they intend to close the plant in 2020, Michelin have agreed to look in detail at any proposals for the future of the plant that are brought forward by the action group or trades unions.

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 people.

Mr Mackay said: “I have been clear that the Scottish Government will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to find a viable and sustainable future for the plant and its highly skilled workforce.

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

“The Michelin Action Group will work tirelessly in the coming weeks to explore all options and provide Michelin with a proposition that demonstrates what support can offered, be it business rates or financial aid, to help retain a presence in Dundee.

Michelin bosses have given Scotlands economy secretary until the end of the month to come up with a plan that could save the Dundee site.

“Working with the workforce and industry experts, the group will examine how the plant could be repurposed for the future if Michelin decide to press ahead with the closure.”

Councillor John Alexander, leader of Dundee City Council added: “This Action Group will hit the ground running with one focus, to retain Michelins footprint in Dundee.

“I want to thank the Scottish Government in particular, for their unwavering support for the workforce and the city at this difficult time.”

Paul Carey, managing director of MVV Environment Baldovie, would not be drawn on the economic implications on the incinerator project when the factory closes.

Tim Allan, Deputy Chair of the Tay Cities Enterprise Forum and President of Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Advice will also be sought from a range of manufacturing leaders including Dr Hamid Mughal, Co-Chair of the Strategic Leadership Group of the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland.

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