Stuart McMillan MSP and Ronnie Cowan MP are to meet with the Scottish Government to discuss the issue of jobs in Inverclyde moving overseas and what action can be taken to secure more inward investment into the area.
Mr McMillan during Portfolio Question Time in the Scottish Parliament chamber highlighted his concerns with the recent announcement of various companies in Inverclyde (DB Apparel & IBM) proposing to transfer jobs overseas, and others (RBS & Poundstretcher) closing their operations. Responding to Mr McMillan’s question the Minister for Busines, Fergus Ewing MSP indicated the Scottish Government’s willingness to meet with Mr McMillan and the new Inverclyde MP Ronnie Cowan to discuss the matter further.
Commenting, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“I’m pleased the Minister has agreed to meet with both myself and Ronnie Cowan MP to discuss the issue of jobs in Inverclyde moving overseas and what action can be taken to secure more inward investment into the area.
“The recent announcements by companies such as DB Apparel, IBM and RBS that jobs are to transfer from the area or close altogether is a blow to Inverclyde.
“Meeting with the Scottish Government will allow us to put forward the case to secure further inward investment into Inverclyde.”
Inverclyde MP Ronnie Cowan added;
“The announcement of a number of potential job losses in Inverclyde has come as a major blow to those workforces and the Inverclyde area as a whole.
“I believe it’s of the upmost importance that steps are taken to ensure we keep as many of these jobs in Inverclyde.
“I will be making this point to the Scottish Government and asking for their assistance to secure jobs in the area and also encourage the promotion of Inverclyde as a place to live and work.”