Politics And Transmission Charges Result In Closure Of Longannet Power Station And The Loss Of A Thousand Jobs
We believe that there are questions to be asked of the previous government and the present one in the lack of vision and understanding of the UK energy market says GMB Scotland
GMB, the union for energy workers, commented on the announcement by Scottish Power that Scotland's last coal-fired power station, Longannet in Fife, is to close on 31 March 2016.
Jim Moohan, GMB Scotland senior organiser, said “It has been less than 10 years since Iberdrola the parent company of Scottish Power took over their business at the invitation of Alistair Darling under the UK Labour Government. The plant itself has performed against the background of lack of financial support and of political support which should have enhanced it’s long term viability.
There has clearly been a decision taken by the present UK Government against financially supporting the Scottish government to address the difference in transmission charges north and south. This has led to the closure and the very adverse effects on the local economy.
A thousand plus jobs will be lost at the station including core workers and contractors without the direct intervention of individuals who have the opportunity to reverse what has been an absolute disgrace. “
GMB Scotland members are disappointed that when the Spanish take-over occurred in 2006 there were no provisions set aside by the UK government to ensure that when they broke into the UK energy market that they would maintain the generation supply and job security. We believe that there are questions to be asked of the previous government and the present one in the lack of vision and understanding of the UK energy market”.
Contact Jim Moohan - (m) 07885 868405 or Harry Donaldson – (m) 07885 456726 or 0141 332 8641 or GMB press office 07921 289880