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TRADE unions will be part of an action group set up to save the closure-threatened Michelin tyre factory in Dundee, the Scottish government announced today.
Politicians and business leaders will also be part of the group, which will look at alternative futures for the plant and its 845 workers.
Dundee City Council leader John Alexander and Scottish Enterprise chief executive Steve Dunlop will lead the group.
Senior Unite union officials, Scottish Finance and Economy Secretary Derek Mackay and Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell, as well as the site’s director John Reid, will also be involved.
The group has been formed after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pledged Scottish ministers would “leave no stone unturned” in the efforts to secure a “positive future” for the factory.
Michelin’s announcement that the site is to be closed in less than two years was “devastating,” she said, adding that her thoughts were with staff and their families.
The France-based tyre firm has given Mr Mackay around three weeks to come up with an alternative to closing the plant.
“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,” he said.
The Michelin action group has now been tasked with developing the response and will meet for the first time in the city on Monday.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard called for the British government to commit an extra £50 million to the Tay Cities deal for the Dundee area — which would take its contribution up to the £200 million pledged by the Scottish government.
He added: “Every possible lever of government — at both a Scottish and UK level — must be pulled in the collective effort to save these 850 jobs and secure the factory’s future.”
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