A GROUP has been formed in an attempt to save 900 threatened jobs at two Scottish fish processing plants, it has been announced.
Young’s Seafood is considering closing down its factories in Fraserburgh and Grantown-on-Spey, after losing a major contract to supply Sainsbury’s with salmon.
Marine Harvest Scotland has won the new contract, due to begin in November.
Young’s has entered a consultation with staff over plans to close its plants and move work south to Grimsby, Annan and Livingston in November.
The joint stakeholder group including representatives from Young’s and its workforce, will be convened by Scottish business minister Fergus Ewing
Ewing said: ‘This is a very anxious time for the workers, their families and for the communities around the two sites.
‘The potential impact of these job losses on a town like Fraserburgh, and the even smaller Spey Valley, cannot be overstated.
‘The First Minister and I strongly support Young’s staff in their bid to stay in work. I can give the workers my personal commitment that we will leave no stone unturned as we seek to ensure the continued productive use of these sites, and of the skills developed through years of dedication and hard work.
‘We will identify immediate priorities and oversee the work already underway to develop a potential package of support to secure jobs at the two sites, working with Young’s and also looking at alternative solutions for the sites.’