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Offshore manufacturing firm staff to stage 'work-in' 

There is no guarantee Burntisland Fabrications employees will continue to be paid.

Workers: Firm creates structures for the offshore energy industry (file pic).
Workers: Firm creates structures for the offshore energy industry (file pic). Vattenfall

Workers at a manufacturing firm that could enter administration say they will continue to work at their plant despite no guarantee they will be paid.

Burntisland Fabrications, known as BiFab, announced it was in a "critical cash position" on Monday.

The company, which manufactures structures for the offshore energy industry, has a workforce of nearly 1400 based in Fife and the Western Isles.

Union officials said workers had now decided to stage a "work-in" following a meeting of union members in Fife.

There is no guarantee the workers will continue to be paid during the work-in, which aims to ensure work stays at the plants.

'Nothing will come in or out of the yard without the joint shop steward's approval.'
Alan Ritchie, GMB

Alan Ritchie, of the GMB union, said: "The decision of the workforce is quite clear. What they have said today is they will now be in a work-in.

"They will be maintaining the gates, nothing will come in or out of the yard without the joint shop steward's approval."

Mr Ritchie said he wanted the Scottish Government to bring all parties together for talks.

The company filed a notice on Monday saying it intended to appoint administrators.

It has not formally entered administration and directors say they are hopeful a solution can be reached.

Earlier, BiFab's managing director Martin Adam said: "We are very disappointed that we have found ourselves in the current position, which has arisen as a result of a challenging situation in respect of our ongoing contracts which have been providing much needed employment locally in Scotland."

https://stv.tv/news/east-central/1402066-hundreds-of-jobs-under-threat-at-manufacturing-firm/ | default

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