Longannet taskforce recovery plan to help workers

A Longannet taskforce plans to produce an ‘Economic Recovery Plan’ to support workers, businesses and communities affected by the closure of the power station. Owner ScottishPower made the announcement to […]

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A Longannet taskforce plans to produce an ‘Economic Recovery Plan’ to support workers, businesses and communities affected by the closure of the power station.

Owner ScottishPower made the announcement to shut the plant in in March 2016 following National Grid’s decision not to award it a contract for grid balancing services.

The taskforce is made up of elected representatives, trades unions, businesses and government agencies.

They met for the first time yesterday, with the meeting co-chaired by Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and Leader of Fife Council, Councillor David Ross.

The meeting looked at supporting the 236 individuals employed at the site and maximising opportunities to secure alternative employment.

It also looked at supporting the communities affected by the closure, mitigating the effects on the supply chain and producing a plan for the long-term future of the site.

Mr Ewing said: “Work will take a number of months to complete and I welcome the commitments made today by all parties to work closely together to address the issues constructively.”

Richard Hardy, Negotiator at union Prospect, added: “Although the taskforce will not be able to reverse the closure decision, we hope it will provide additional support and help to our members as they look for new employment.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon previously asked for reassurance from the UK Government that the power station wouldn’t be closed early when the issue arose.