Michelin Action Group 'will hit the ground running'

Michelin Action Group

Members of the group tasked with exploring all options to secure a sustainable future for the Michelin site and its workforce have been announced.

The Michelin Action Group will meet for the first time in Dundee on Monday (12 November).

Dundee City Council Leader John Alexander and Scottish Enterprise Chief Executive Steve Dunlop will lead the group. Michelin trades union members will represent the workforce alongside plant manager John Reid. Leading business experts will also join the action group, providing vital industry knowledge. 

Councillor Alexander said: “It is imperative that the membership of the Action Group reflects stakeholders, experience and those with an ability to find solutions. I’m delighted to say that I believe those identified do just that.

“This Action Group will hit the ground running with one focus, to retain Michelin’s footprint in Dundee. I want to thank the Scottish Government in particular, for their unwavering support for the workforce and the city at this difficult time.”

Despite confirming they intend to close the plant in 2020, Michelin have agreed to look in detail at any proposals for the future of the plant that are brought forward by  the action group or trades unions.

Full membership of the Michelin Action Group is as follows: 

  • Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Finance
  • Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise
  • Councillor John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council
  • David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland
  • John Reid, Site Director, Michelin Dundee
  • Professor Keith Ridgway, Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
  • Sarah Jardine, Chair of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service Board
  • Marc Jackson, Michelin Dundee Site Convenor, Unite
  • Dougie Maguire, Regional Unite Convenor, Unite
  • Bob Macgregor, Regional officer, Unite
  • Davie Brady, Michelin Dundee Branch Convenor, Unite
  • Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills
  • Ivan McKee, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation
  • Mary McAllan, Director for Economic Development, Scottish Government
  • Nick Leake, Deputy Director Policy at the Scotland Office
  • David Martin, Chief Executive of Dundee City Council
  • Ellis Watson, Chair of Tay Cities Enterprise Forum
  • Tim Allan, Deputy Chair of the Tay Cities Enterprise Forum and President of Scottish Chambers of Commerce
  • Alison Henderson, Chief Executive of Dundee Chamber of Commerce
  • Damien Yeates, Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland
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