TWO local trade unionists gave their support to efforts to save the closure-threatened Wick tax office at the STUC conference in Ayr.
Davie Alexander and John Deighan – both members of the Thurso and Wick Trade Council – backed the Wick Wants Work campaign which has been launched to try and save the jobs at the Caithness tax office.
The congress was unanimous in its support for the motion which also made reference to the socioeconomic situation facing Caithness and North Sutherland due to the decommissioning of the Dounreay plant.
Mr Alexander and Mr Deighan took the opportunity to lobby delegates and make them aware of the situation within the North communities. They also distributed copies of the local vision document on behalf of the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP).
The North trade unionists had an opportunity to meet Stephen Boyd, assistant general secretary of the STUC.
"Arrangements are being made for representatives of the trades council to participate in a debate on the current economic situation in the North which will take place at the STUC Highlands and Islands Conference being held in Inverness on June 11. The general secretary of the STUC, Graeme Smith, is also proposing to visit the area when his diary will allow," said Mr Alexander.