Young’s Taskforce holds first meeting

The Young's Seafood factory in Fraserburgh
The Young's Seafood factory in Fraserburgh

Representatives from Young’s Seafood, union officials and the Scottish Government met today in Fraserburgh as part of a support Taskforce.

The aim of the task force was to look at alternative employment for workers and an economic recovery plan for Fraserburgh following Young’s decision to stay in the Broch at a reduced capacity - with 650 people facing redundancy by January next year.

Business Minister Fergus Ewing, who chaired the meeting, said: “Young’s Seafood has taken its decision and we are doing everything possible to support the workers and mitigate the impact on the town and the wider area.”

The Minister also said that the Scottish Government had left “no stone unturned” to keep jobs in Fraserburgh.

Issues discussed at the meeting centred around responding to the redundancy situations with Mr Ewing putting forward the Governments PACE initiative as a helping measure.

He said: “Through providing skills development and employability support, PACE will aim to minimise the time individuals affected by redundancy are out of work.”

The Taskforce also discussed ways that Young’s could continue to find alternative markets and secure further efficiencies.

Seafood and fishing industry members from the community also attended the meeting as ways were developed to create employment opportunities in the town.

Eilidh Whiteford, MP for Banff and Buchan, who also attended the meeting, said: “We are seeing the resilience of this community once again and seeing everyone rally round.”

Ms Whitefor also described the meeting as “extremely positive.”

Richard Thomson, Co-leader of Aberdeenshire Council, said: ““We are committed to working with our partners for the benefit of those affected by this decision to help them find alternative employment and minimise the effect on the area as a whole.

“We particularly welcome the fact that the Taskforce will focus on the whole town, seek to make the most of regeneration work which is ongoing and increase the overall economic resilience of the area, to minimise the impact individual business decisions can have in future.”

Dominic Kerrigan, Board Director of Young’s Seafood, said: “Today’s meeting was constructive and we are committed to working with the Scottish Government, and all other stakeholders on the Taskforce, to deliver the best possible support for our employees and the local community.”

The Taskforce will reconvene in January.