MSP raises Harris job concerns

Following reports that Harris based company GSH is proposing 20 job cuts Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has today raised his concerns with Highlands and Islands Enterprise Minister, Fergus Ewing.

The MSP said: “I have today been in touch with the Minister to seek a clearer picture of what is being proposed for the 20 people working in Tarbert, and in particular what support can now be offered to them.

“It goes without saying that Harris is one of the most economically fragile communities in Scotland, and the loss of 20 jobs would represent a severe blow.

“With this in mind I have asked the Enterprise Minister whether there is anything that can be done both for individual employees and to work with the company in the hope of securing jobs at this location in future.”

GSH Group, the leading facilities and energy management company, has announced it is currently reviewing its operational and support activities across all of its UK offices with a view to potentially creating a centralised administration function based in Stoke-on-Trent.

The company confirmed that the Tarbert office is one of the offices potentially impacted by this review.

There are 24 employees attached to this office.

The company is keen to stress its ongoing commitment to operating within Scotland and is working hard to support those employees who might be affected.