The 16 people who have been tasked with saving the jobs of 845 Michelin workers have been revealed.
Comprised of government ministers, union officials, factory workers and industry experts, the Michelin Action Group has been given three weeks to develop a plan to stop the Baldovie site from closing in 2020.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay is on of the group. He said they will: “leave no stone unturned in our efforts to find a viable and sustainable future for the plant and its highly skilled workforce.”
He added: “The Michelin Action Group will work tirelessly in the coming weeks to explore all options and provide Michelin with a proposition that demonstrates what support can offered, be it business rates or financial aid, to help retain a presence in Dundee.
“Working with the workforce and industry experts, the group will examine how the plant could be repurposed for the future if Michelin decide to press ahead with the closure.”
The Michelin Action Group members are:
• Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Finance
• Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise
• Councillor John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council
• David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland
• John Reid, Site Director, Michelin Dundee
• Professor Keith Ridgway, Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
• Sarah Jardine, Chair of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service Board
• Marc Jackson, Michelin Dundee Site Convenor, Unite
• Dougie Maguire, Regional Unite Convenor, Unite
• Bob Macgregor, Regional officer, Unite
• Davie Brady, Michelin Dundee Branch Convenor, Unite
• David Martin, Chief Executive of Dundee City Council
• Ellis Watson, Chair of Tay Cities Enterprise Forum
• Tim Allan, Deputy Chair of the Tay Cities Enterprise Forum and President of Scottish Chambers of Commerce
• Alison Henderson, Chief Executive of Dundee Chamber of Commerce
• Damien Yeates, Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland
Michelin executives have signalled they will not reverse their decision, but are willing to hear the case for doing so as co-ordinated by the Scottish Government and others.
Dundee Council Leader John Alexander added: “It is imperative that the membership of the action group reflects stakeholders, experience and those with an ability to find solutions.
“I’m delighted to say that I believe those identified do just that.
“This action group will hit the ground running with one focus, to retain Michelin’s footprint in Dundee.”
The group will meet for the first time on Monday.