MSP meets with Comhairle and HIE over Uist builders

WESTERN Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, yesterday (Monday) met with representatives of both the Comhairle and Highlands and Islands Enterprise about the future of jobs at Uist Builders Ltd, which recently went into administration.

Dr Allan commented: “It is right that at a time like this different agencies work together to try to ensure work for as many as possible of those affected by this news. With 90 people in the islands previously working for UBC, they were one of the islands’ major employers, and this is something the Enterprise Minister, Fergus Ewing, has been made very aware of.

“Following my meetings yesterday I am aware that activities are also focused on finding a way to get work completed on major local building projects such as the new Harris House Care Home and I hope progress can be made here.

“With meetings of the workforce forthcoming in both South Uist and Stornoway in the coming days it is important we do everything we can to ensure that we find a positive way forward, and this is something I have stressed both in conversations with the administrators and the Minister.

“Meanwhile Skills Development Scotland through the PACE programme are providing tailored advice to individual employees.”