Today, THE Scottish government faced fresh concerns about its inability to provide the population of Scotland with renewable energy jobs.
Scottish Labor leader Richard Leonard urged the government to implement an “industrial strategy” to protect jobs after it emerged that work was awarded to a Chinese company on the planned Seagreen wind farm in the Firth of Forth.
He said that while the SNP defines Scotland as the “destination of choice,” the government’s “destination of choice for renewable energy employment is not Scotland, but China.” During First Minister’s Questions (FMQs), SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon questioned Mr Leonard: “Why do these corporations like EDF and SSE disregard you?
“And will you really know that we need an industrial strategy— we need a work plan— and that it’s just too important to be left to the market?”In response, the First Minister said that in many of these policy areas the Scottish government was limited, asking Mr Leonard to address this during the independence” reflection phase “of the party.
Ms Sturgeon was asked why, after pledging to support a trade-union campaign to bring contracts to Scottish manufacturing companies — especially BiFab yards— there were still instances of jobs going overseas.
Ms Sturgeon said the BiFab yards would now be closed if it wasn’t for the government.
But a GMB spokesperson said there was “no green job movement here in Scotland” and said: “We haven’t lobbied to save an empty yard.
EOLBREAK” Tomorrow, at [ BiFab’s yard in ] Arnish, only three workers will still be employed. It’s a complete mess, a national disgrace.