Major Threat of Job Loss for Argyll Wind Turbine Factory

A prominent wind turbine factory in Campbeltown, Argyll has recently announced the possibility of redundancies within the company.

CS Wind, a Korean Firm that employs almost 100 people from the Mull of Kintyre area have revealed that over 70 jobs could be at risk.

Managers have discussed how “gaps in the order book” may lead to job losses and have blamed renewable energy support reductions.
According to CS Wind, conditions in the onshore market have been “extremely challenging” and support for offshore wind production from the Scottish Government has been drastically reduced.

Additionally, the threat of redundancy was also attributed to the company’s failure in securing major work with other offshore projects such as Triton Knoll and Kincardine.

Employees should be made aware of their future with the company by the end of November. In the meantime, there will be a meeting of management and union representatives which will span approximately 30 days.

If an agreement is not reached, it could result in the loss of 73 jobs.

Worker’s Union, Unite has described the redundancies as “major blow to Scotland’s renewables manufacturing capacity.”

Unite has called on help from the Scottish Government with their regional industrial officer, Charlie Macdonald saying: “There needs to be urgent intervention by the Scottish government because if the scale of these job losses goes unchallenged not only is there is a major cloud over the future of the factory in Campbeltown but also over Scotland’s green manufacturing capacity.”

One CS Wind employee described the recent news as “deeply concerning but unsurprising”.

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