CONSTRUCTION union UCATT have described the apparent collapse of Muirfield Contracts as a bitter blow to the local economy.
This week the company confirmed that it had appointed administrators and that its 270 strong workforce had been sent home on gardening leave.
Muirfield Contracts has offices in Dundee and Aberdeen and UCATT officials have been meeting and providing advice to the workforce. They will be seeking a meeting with the administrators to discover if the company can be rescued and jobs saved.
Harry Frew, Regional Secretary for UCATT Scotland, said, “Muirfield is a major employer in the region especially in Dundee, if the company cannot be rescued it will be a bitter blow and create a major hole in the local economy.”
If it is confirmed that the workforce is to be made redundant then UCATT will ensure that its members receive their full entitlement to redundancy money and a protective award for the company’s failure to advise and consult them before making them redundant.
In recent months there has been an upturn in the local economy and signs of growing skills shortages. UCATT will provide assistance with members finding employment on other projects in their area.
Mr Frew added, “If there are job losses UCATT will do everything it can to ensure that members receive everything that they are entitled to while providing assistance in helping workers find alternative employment.”