Falkirk East SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has today (Thursday 20 September 2012) quizzed the First Minister at First Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament over the threat to jobs at support services company May Gurney following the loss of outsourced work from their long-term client Scotia Gas. It is estimated that up to 128 jobs could be affected in the Falkirk depot.


Prior to First Minister’s Question Time SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:

“This is obviously very concerning news for the employees of May Gurney and their families, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the exact scale of the proposed workforce reduction.


“The company has pledged to work with employee representatives and its other clients in an attempt to minimise the number of job losses, and I will be contacting the Scottish Government to ask that they lend whatever support is available to the employees affected at this difficult time.”


“Of primary concern is to mitigate the effects of any potential redundancies, and I welcome that the Scottish Government’s Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) team has been mobilised to ensure the workforce is offered the maximum guidance and support on advice and retraining.


At First Minister’s Questions’ today Angus MacDonald asked:

“The First Minister will be aware that May Gurney, which is a major employer in Falkirk as well as in Dundee and Aberdeenshire, has announced that up to 250 jobs are at risk, as a result of a reduction in work received one of its major clients.

“With the company pledging to work with employee representatives and its other clients in an attempt to minimize the number of job losses, can the I ask that the First Minister ensures his Government offers whatever support it can give to May Gurney and its employees, at what is understandably a very worrying time for them?”


First Minister Alex Salmond replied saying:


“I share the member’s concern about yesterday’s announcement by May Gurney regarding Scotia Gas Networks. The issue relates to the amount of contracted work from the regulator to reinforce the gas network in Scotland.


“I am deeply concerned about the reduction in that contracted work from the regulator and about the impact that that may have on employees and their families and the surrounding areas of Dundee, Falkirk and the north-east.


"Yesterday, I spoke to Michael Thompson, the managing director of May Gurney, and I immediately offered support through partnership action for continuing employment—the PACE programme initiative—for those employees who may be affected by redundancy. In addition, as there are key skills involved in the reinforcement of the gas network that are certainly transferable to a number of other industries, including the water and electricity industries, I have undertaken to be personally involved in seeing the maximum amount of transfer take place to mitigate the number of job losses in Falkirk, Dundee and the north-east”




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