I stumbled over BBC Scotland’s Douglas Fraser’s, mean, grudging and dishonest report denying any credit to the Scottish Government at:
If you have a strong stomach you might want to read a line or two. I caught a glimpse and quickly turned away. I won’t give it space here. What actually happened was this:
‘Jobs at a troubled windfarm engineering firm facing collapse have been saved after Nicola Sturgeon unveiled a rescue package. BiFab was facing the threat of administration with the loss of 1,400 jobs at yards in Fife and Lewis. The First Minister held talks with the firms in Edinburgh yesterday following a dispute which led to cash-flow problems. At the centre of it was an argument between the company and the Dutch-owned contractor, Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) over a payment. The agreement brokered by Sturgeon will see BiFab receiving payments to alleviate the firm’s “immediate cash flow issues”.’
Here’s what Unite Scotland secretary Pat Rafferty said after his meeting with the Scottish Government before the meeting with the companies involved:
‘I think we’ve had a good positive meeting with the Scottish Government today and a number of options we know are being explored. They are leaving no stone unturned and we are confident they are working alongside us and will continue working alongside us to try and get a resolution to this and try and protect these 1400 jobs in these three yards.’
His optimism was well-judged. I can imagine how GMS and Revolting Scotland will cover this but I’m trying not to.