Joe has called on the Scottish Government and its partner agencies to step in and save 60 jobs at AMP Control in Irvine.
The Irvine-based mining and petro-chemical equipment manufacturer is facing imminent closure and they have confirmed to workers that final redundancies will be complete by 30th June 2016.
Councillor Cullinane has written to AMP, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and North Ayrshire Council about the imminent closure asking for immediate action to prevent it.
Speaking on the issue, Councillor Cullinane said;
“This news is a blow to the families affected and the Ayrshire economy which has haemorrhaged around 600 jobs in recent months.”
“This is more than just another set of job losses; it is another loss of skills to the local economy. It is the continuation of the long term decline of Scottish manufacturing and quite frankly not enough has been done by consecutive governments to deliver an industrial strategy which turns the tide.”
Councillor Cullinane added;
“If the Scottish Government can give millions of pounds to companies with questionable employment and ethical records like Amazon, ATOS and HOWCO who, having received £335,000 of public money, have sacked 50 workers in recent months at their Irvine plant then surely they can step up and help save the skilled jobs under threat at AMP.”
“I believe they should have actually had the foresight to intervene before now. AMP are part of the mining industry supply chain and it has been known for some time that the problems experienced in that industry were being felt further down that supply chain. Investment should have been offered to protect jobs or diversification opportunities for the workforce to retain their skills before now.”
“That hasn't happened but my message to the Scottish Government and its partners is that it is not too late. I am urging them to intervene and save these jobs. If they act quickly we may have a chance of doing just that.”