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BiFab workers in Fife have vowed to stand by their island colleagues amid fears the Arnish manufacturing yard will be left out in the cold if the company is takeover.

 

Speculation of a possible buyout of the Fife-based engineering firm is rife amongst the workforce at its sites in Burntisland, Methil and Stornoway.

 

But the potential new investor is ready to ditch the island facility, claim many island personnel.

 

BiFab workers at Methil have vowed to stand by their island colleagues.

 

Bosses remain silent on suggestions they have held talks with Canadian-based DF Barnes Group.

 

The Newfoundland engineering fabricator was flagged up as a possible suitor some months ago even before BiFab teetered on the edge of financial collapse in November.

 

DF Barnes provides manufacturing, servicing and repairs to the marine, offshore and industrial sectors.

 

Last minute intervention from the Scottish Government rescued BiFab but its order book is empty and its sole contract for the Beatrice offshore wind scheme is winding down.

 

A delegation of the Canadians visited the Methil yard but have no interest in taking over the Arnish site - nor Burntisland - it is claimed.

 

Now personnel at BiFab’s base in Methil have vowed to show solidarity with the Lewis workforce.

 

Alan Ritchie of engineering union GMB Scotland explained: “A meeting of workers at Methil in Fife passed a resolution instruction the trade union that the three yards must be kept open.

 

“We want to make sure Arnish is part of any (buyout) deal.

 

“We say that any deal must include the three yards because they all complement each other.

 

“It is important to keep the three as an unit.”

 

 

Fears over Arnish yard if BiFab taken over

25 January 2018