Scottish Government finance secretary Derek Mackay has said he still believes Michelin Dundee can be saved.
The MSP also said there is “still hope” for the future of the tyre manufacturer and is setting up an action group to explore its future.
He will then make the case for the factory to Michelin bosses in a bid to make them reconsider the decision to shut down the Baldovie plant.
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He made the pledge during an emergency visit to the city in the wake of news that the factory will close in 2020.
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“Despite (Michelin) not wanting to revisit the decision, they will meet with me so that I can put a proposition to them.
“And that is why I have some hope, and that is why I’m energised to do everything I can to try and support the workforce here, who I stand shoulder to shoulder with.
“There is 850 jobs here, even if there was a downsizing I still believe there is a future for Michelin in Dundee. I still believe it is worth fighting for and I am not throwing in the towel.”
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The Scottish Government was told about the decision to close the factory, which will see about 850 jobs lost in Dundee,last week.
It said: Despite the groups continuous efforts, and the factory employees dedication to making the site economically sustainable through the implementation of several action plans – 70 million euro has been invested in recent years to modernise the site – the accelerated market transformation has made the plant unsuitable and its conversion is not financially viable.
Mr Mackay said they could claw back the £4.5 million of Scottish Enterprise funding the factory received last year but he is more concerned now about finding a way to save the factory and jobs.
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Dundee East MSP Shona Robison said she has not given up hope following the companys decision, saying Michelin had appeared to have a bright future in the city after investing £61 million in the plant over recent years.
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He said: “I have met members of Michelins Group Executive and they have agreed to consider a proposition that we will bring forward, to secure a sustainable future for the plant.
Workers and union leaders say they are “devastated” by the surprise development at Michelin Dundee, which currently employs around 850 people.
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“I will be convening an action group to explore all options to secure a future for the plant and its highly-skilled workforce. I will chair an initial meeting in Dundee on Monday with the action plan being taken forward by Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, and council leader John Alexander. ”
HUNDREDS of Scots jobs are at risk after French tyre manufacturer Michelin confirmed plans to close its Dundee plant by mid-2020.
And Mr Mackay said he was told by Michelin management that while Brexit was not to blame, the uncertainty caused by it was “unhelpful”.
BOSSES at the Michelin tyre factory in Dundee have confirmed that the plant is to close with the loss of 845 jobs.
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.
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Workers at the facility were told of the decision during a short meeting at about 8am this morning, before being sent home and told that production will resume on Thursday.
Local MSP Shona Robison said the Scottish Government should explore whether anything could be done in relation to the Tay Cities Deal, through which £350 million of investment has been announced by both the Scottish and UK Governments.