Disappointment at Kinloss Job Losses

15 January 2010

Highlands and Islands MSP, Peter Peacock (Labour) has expressed his "real disappointment" at the announcement of significant job loses at RAF Kinloss of civilian maintenance staff.

He said, "This is a real blow to all the individuals involved, their families and to the wider community.

"This is a dedicated and loyal workforce who have served us all well in the difficult task they have of maintaining the vitally important Nimrod fleet.

"The wider issues facing the Nimrod and the fact there will be no missions out of Kinloss for the coming year is taking its toll through the jobs of these workers.

"The more worrying thing is that it looks as if their company will not be being used to service the new Nimrods when they come on-stream.

"I will be writing today to the Defence Minister expressing my concern at this turn of events and seeking clarity on the longer term prospect for jobs of maintenance staff at Kinloss.

"Moray is heavily dependent on defence jobs and the effect of operational considerations around the Nimrod, the overall squeeze on public finances as a result of the recession and the even bigger threat of Scottish independence and Scotland withdrawing from NATO on Moray's economic future are matters that bring home how important it is to keep diversifying the Moray economy, as well as seeking to maintain as many defence jobs in Moray as possible."


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