30 May 2019

Scottish Labour leader, Richard Leonard MSP, again raised the future of the Caley depot in Springburn with the First Minister at FMQs today.

Yesterday workers at the yard arrived to find a To Let/May Sell sign attached to the perimeter fence with no prior warning and tomorrow compulsory redundancy notices will be issued.

As Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, is due to meet with the Caledonian Railway Works Stakeholder Group this afternoon, Richard Leonard called for him to reverse his previous comment that ‘we don’t do nationalisation’ and bring the Caley into public ownership as quickly as possible to save these jobs.

Richard Leonard said:

“Yesterday a for sale sign, tomorrow more workers served with compulsory redundancy notices and today a meeting of the stakeholder group. Time is running out, the Government has had six months to take decisive action.

“I raised this with the First Minister back in February, I wrote again to the Transport Secretary just yesterday. These works have existed in Springburn for one hundred and sixty years. But once it goes it goes forever.

“The site’s turnover is up, the workers’ skills are indispensable, this is a cornerstone of Scotland’s engineering base, this is a national asset at risk of being lost forever which can be rescued

“So will you act in the national interest?

“Will you instruct the Transport Secretary to purchase the site and save these jobs before it is too late?”

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