Commenting on the news that US energy service firm Baker Hughes is proposing to close its manufacturing base at Bridge of Don resulting in potentially over 100 redundancies, Gordon MP Richard Thomson – whose constituency includes the facility – said:
“It’s well-known that Baker Hughes have undergone several reorganisations of their operations in the North of Scotland in recent months but this news will still come as a devastating blow to the employees affected.
“Along with my MSP colleague Jackie Dunbar, I will be seeking an urgent meeting with senior management to discuss their announcement in early course.
“We will also be contacting the Scottish Government’s PACE Unit (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) to ensure they are involved at an early stage in supporting the affected employees.
“While it is without doubt challenging times for the oil and gas sector, I would hope that other employers will recognise the valuable skills of the workforce at Bridge of Don and be keen to offer alternative employment.”