Michelin workers could be in line for a share of an extra £10 million wrangled out of the Scottish Government for the Tay Cities Deal, a Dundee MSP has suggested.
Shona Robison said she expected the workforce at the doomed Baldovie factory to benefit from the additional investment promised yesterday by First Minster Nicola Sturgeon.
The cash was part of an additional £50m being pumped into the region, with £40m going towards the delivery of the Cross Tay Link Road. The remaining £10m will go towards an industrial investment programme to create jobs and develop skills.
Michelin will cease production in Dundee next year, but has signed a memorandum of understanding pledging to secure a long-term future in the city.
Ms Robison said: “While the additional £10m for the Tayside industrial strategy is welcome, I would expect the Michelin workforce to benefit from this investment. It has always been clear that support for the Michelin plan would require resources beyond that contained in the Tay Cities Deal. It is critical the UK Government steps up given they have already short-changed the Tay Cities Deal by £50m.
“They must find additional resources for the industrial strategy, which would help the Michelin Steering Group deliver on the proposals they are working on, as well as assisting other developments such as Dundee Port’s ambitions for decommissioning and renewables.”
Dundee City Council leader John Alexander said: “I have made it clear we need to ensure the response to the Michelin situation needs to be additional and cannot dilute the Tay Cities Deal.
“That’s not to say there won’t, of course, be programmes within the deal which relate to industry, renewables, decommissioning etc which ultimately compliment our response to Michelin. It’s both, not either or.”
Bob MacGregor, of Unite the Union said: “If any of this money could be used to support the Michelin workforce it would be welcome. However, further details would need to be worked out.
“There are obviously many ideas currently being considered for the site, including for it to continue with an industrial future.”
A UK Government spokesman said: “The Tay Cities Deal was signed in November 2018 and included £150 million each from the UK and Scottish Governments which will help deliver a transformational boost to the region’s economy.
“The UK Government is a member of the alliance that was formed to lead the development and delivery of a Michelin-Scotland Innovation Parc and we remain committed to doing everything possible to support the Michelin workers, and help find innovative proposals for a new future for the factory.”