MORE than 1000 jobs at the troubled BiFab engineering firm could be saved despite warnings of mass redundancies, a union leader has claimed. BiFab is back under threat just months after Nicola Sturgeon unveiled a rescue package to prevent its collapse. However, GMB Scotland secretary Gary Smith insisted there was still “all to play for”. A failure to act would be “catastrophic” for the industry, Smith warned ministers ahead of crunch talks on Tuesday. Redundancy notices were issued to Bi-Fab workers at yards in Fife and Arnish on the Isle of Lewis last week. BiFab said it was going through a “natural down-manning process” as it nears the end of work on the £2.6bn Beatrice Offshore Windfarm. The jobs of the 260 permanent workforce are at stake, it was reported. Nearly 1,200 agency staff and contractors would also lose their work if BiFab went bust. The fresh threat to BiFab came after the firm was bailed out by a £15 million Scottish Government loan last November.
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