At today’s Economy and Jobs Board within Renfrewshire Council, an amendment lodged to the Labour Market Update Report called for Renfrewshire Council to intensify its discussion with BASF to secure the future of the plant. This came on the back of George Adam, Paisley’s MSP securing a visit from Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney MSP, to the plant to discuss its future. Unfortunately, the amendment did not receive the required backing from Labour councillors and the amendment was voted down.
Speaking after the board, George commented, “ A couple of weeks ago in my Paisley Daily Express column, I noted that we should all work together, putting party political aside for the benefit of these 141 family’s affected at the plant. It seems that simply because my name was mentioned in the motion, they could not accept it, even though it is calling for Renfrewshire Council to intensify its efforts to help the staff at BASF, in conjunction with my efforts in securing a visit from the Cabinet Secretary. This is very disappointing.
‘From the moment it came to light that the BASF plant was in trouble, I have been committed to working with everyone and anyone who can work to secure the workers’ jobs and or a new use for the plant.
‘Decisions like this being taken by Labour councillors, some with wards in Paisley, you begin to wonder if their statements about working with everyone and anyone on this issue are genuinely sincere.
‘Even at this late stage, I ask the Labour party to put petty party politics aside and work with me for the people of Paisley.”
SNP Council group leader Brian Lawson said “The agenda for this so called Jobs and Economy Board was 62 pages long and the word BASF was not mentioned once. It should had been the first item on the agenda. The next meeting of the Board is not until the end of January. Paisley and Renfrewshire will be hit hard by the potential closure of BASF. The SNP Government is doing its bit but Labour controlled Renfrewshire Council needs to do a whole lot more “.
Amendment text –
“This Board notes the dramatic drop in youth unemployment in Renfrewshire as a consequence of the progressive economic policies of the SNP Government, recognises the efforts of George Adam MSP in securing a visit from the Finance Secretary to discuss the BASF situation, and pending that visit calls on the Economic Development Department of Renfrewshire Council to intensify discussions with BASF to secure the future of the plant”.