Workers walk off fabrication site over alleged non-payment of staff

Workers said they were 'standing in solidarity' with subcontractors who they allege have not been paid by site managers.

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The site is building eight turbine jackets for a £1.4bn offshore wind project.

Hundreds of workers have walked off the job at a fabrication yard in Fife over a dispute surrounding the non-payment of subcontractors, a union has said.

Members of the GMB union said InfraStrata, which manages the site in Methil under its Harland & Wolff brand, failed to pay more than 100 Portuguese workers building renewable energy components.

The sub-contractor managing the staff, Santa Cruz, ordered employees to sit in cabins until payment was made, GMB told STV News.

However, core staff joined them in a walkout after no wage packets were forthcoming following two days of non-working.

The site is currently building eight turbine jackets for the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm off the coast of Fife at a cost of £1.4bn.

Management is due to meet with workers on Friday morning to discuss the situation.

InfraStrata purchased the former Burntisland Fabrication site in 2021 alongside a sister facility on Lewis.

GMB Scotland organiser Dominic Pritchard said: “This is the kind of behaviour you would expect from a cowboy contractor.

“There is no excuse for not paying your workers and we understand that core staff have now walked-off in solidarity with the Portuguese sub-contractors too.”

Harland & Wolff has been contacted for comment.