Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde hosted a Member’s Debate in the Scottish Parliament yesterday regarding the anticipated closure of Texas Instruments’ (TI) Greenock plant next year.
The local SNP MSP thanked the TI Taskforce, which was set up in 2016 following the announcement of the business’s plans to leave the area, and called on everyone to redouble their efforts to save the 300 plus jobs at the site.
Speaking after the debate, Mr McMillan said:
“My message to Texas Instruments, to any potential buyer, to the Scottish Government, its agencies, and to Inverclyde Council is very simple. Don’t leave any stone unturned to get a deal.
“I know that a huge amount of effort has been underway to promote the plant as a going concern and to safeguard important skilled jobs, but as the closure date looms it’s understandable that the workforce will become more concerned about their future.
“Like many other parts of Scotland that have experienced a decline after the industrial era ended, Inverclyde has its challenges, but it also boasts many opportunities.
“Any potential buyer will be getting a first class, dedicated and highly motivated workforce. The fact the workforce have continued to work hard and remain productive for the years following the closure announcement, proves they are a credit. If they can still deliver under the stresses they will be feeling, just think of what they can do with job security.
“The TI workforce have consistently delivered. They have perseverance and hope. I hope we can give them the best Christmas present they could ever wish for, with a deal to secure their jobs for the long-term.”