MP calls on EDF to talk with Fife Unions

Lesley Laird MP has called on EDF to engage with Fife’s trade unions following a community meeting in Buckhaven to discuss the company’s upcoming NnG wind farm contract.

On Thursday night the STUC comprising Unite and the GMB led the meeting at Buckhaven community education centre, inviting local representatives and EDF Renewables to take part in a discussion about Fife’s industrial future.

The meeting comes in light of the news that EDF plan on manufacturing wind turbine jackets for Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG), which are due to be erected just off the Fife coastline, 11,000km away in Indonesia.

Lesley Laird MP said, “Those at the meeting made it clear that Fife is ready for work on NnG.

“Fife and Scotland has a real opportunity to invest in Green industrial jobs. These are the types of jobs that will become the backbone of our society moving forward as we look to decarbonise our economy by 2050.
Contracts for Bifab to work on NnG must be the first step in what can hopefully be a long line of work as part of the Green Industrial Revolution.”

A representative from EDF Renewables failed to turn up at the event following a letter from the STUC to EDF’s CEO, Matthieu Hue.

Lesley said, “While it is disappointing that EDF were unable to make the meeting, I do hope they consider their final contracts on this project and can see that the best green option is right here in Fife.”