Today, 31st October, Paisley’s MSP George Adam has secured a visit to the BASF plant in Paisley by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney MSP. George was asking a parliamentary question regarding the troubled plant and asked Mr Swinney to visit the plant along with him to discuss the future of the plant and its workforce with BASF management.
Speaking after his parliamentary question, George said, “I am delighted that the Cabinet Secretary has given the commitment to come to Paisley and meet with the management and workforce. This initial decision from BASF is disappointing but we need to do all we can to try and find a buyer for the plant or an alternative use for it. Every effort should be made to save the jobs of the 141 workers and alternative uses for the site must be fully examined.
‘I was very heartened to hear the positive response given by the Cabinet Secretary on this very difficult matter affecting Paisley. The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise have been in regular contact with BASF and it is great to hear that the First Minister himself has spoken with a member of the board of directors at BASF. He set out that Scottish Enterprise would continue to work with the plant to get the best possible outcome for the employees and that PACE assistance would be there for any affected workers.
‘While we are not taking anything for granted and a lot of work needs to be done, I along with my colleagues in government will do all we can to secure the plants future and the workers’ jobs.”