A new danger of redundancy hangs about workers at Burntisland Fabrication’s (BiFab) yard in Arnish, according to unions Unite and GMB.
A Unite agent claimed that BiFab team have been informed in a assembly earlier this week that the internet site would be down-manned to zero, with most personnel handed a six-week notice period.
The unions described the situation as a “major blow” to the Isle of Lewis workforce.
But Canadian owner DF Barnes have denied the statements and explained it had issued no notices to employees.
A resource shut to the Newfoundland-based mostly organization created it obvious that “no redundancies have been issued” to the BiFab workforce.
It comes just months soon after a position-conserving agreement obtained underway to establish 100 monopiles for the Moray East Offshore wind farm, revitalising the Lewis facility again in March.
It is understood any work losses would affect close to 80 workers at Arnish, with some team likely as early as two months.
In July, it was uncovered that BiFab had secured function for 8 of the 53 jacket foundations for the Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm off the coast of Angus,
It is considered the offer could develop up to 200 jobs at the firm’s Methil lawn in Fife, but no agreement has nonetheless been agreed.
The two unions say they realize all staff at the site have been presented recognize pursuing completion of the monopile function.
In a joint assertion, Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty and his GMB counterpart Gary Smith explained there is a “major cloud of uncertainty” more than the upcoming.
They claimed: “The information of redundancy notices to the workforce at Arnish is a significant blow to the staff who have experienced to endure so much uncertainty in excess of modern years. It was only in March that we experienced the strength minister Paul Wheelhouse asserting a agreement award with around 80 work remaining developed.
Mr Raffery and Mr Smith extra: “Unite and the GMB have been operating tirelessly to guarantee that the BiFab yards safe work from EDF’s £2billion Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind challenge.
“However, we have been waiting around on this announcement for months now and it’s time for the silence to end because the workforce demands some balance and certainty.”
BiFab was rescued from the brink of administration by the Scottish Government in a £25m agreement ahead of currently being acquired by Canadian company DF Barnes final April, while hundreds of employment were lose.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Governing administration claimed it was “in standard contact” with staff and would “provide help for any workers affected”.
She included: “Some contracts are nearing completion, but by working with the organization to secure new organization, we hope to offer the most effective suggests of making careers in the more time phrase for each the Fife and Isle of Lewis communities.”