Back L-R: The Michelin Man, Christine Donnelly (Children’s Safety Education Foundation), Ian Peart (MIchelin Site Manager), Shona Robison MSP, Ballumbie PS Headteacher Mrs Kim Flynn. Front L-R: Chloe Kindlen, Brandyn Stewart.
Dundee City East MSP Shona Robison was at Ballumbie Primary School today to present cycle safety helmets to pupils in a road safety iniative sponsored by Michelin and the Children’s Safety Education Foundation.
A surprise guest was the Michelin Man who came along with Michelin Factory Manager Ian Peart to give out copies of ‘Out and About’ a safety booklet aimed at 7-11 year olds.
Some of the pupils cycle to and from school and Shona explained that cycling is also her favourite sport.
Earlier in the year, Shona was official starter at Michelin Junior Bike 2012, an event to promote road safety, held in the city centre. Each of the hundreds of young participants learned about safety and got a free cash helmet, courtesy of Michelin, whose Dundee factory is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Speaking at the school, Shona said: “The latest statistics on traffic accidents involving young children means we must concentrate our efforts on getting across the road safety message.
“I am very keen on promoting healthy sport and cycling among young people and today’s event helped to raise awareness that cycling is an excellent activity and can be very safe if cyclists heed the safety code.”
Shona Robison was the official starter at Michelin Junior Bike 2012 on Sunday as hundreds of youngsters took part in a city centre cordoned off like a race track. But this event was about road safety not racing and every participant got a free crash helmet to emphasise the message of promoting safety on the roads even on short trips.
Sponsored by Michelin as one of a number of events to celebrate the Michelin Dundee factory’s 40th anniversary, the event was attended by Ian Peart, Michelin’s Personnel Manager while Tay FM broadcast live with Gary Robinson acting as MC for the activities.
Speaking as the event got under way in the High Street with a rally for 11 year-olds, Shona said: “We have hundreds of young people here today, learning about road safety and getting active on their bikes.
“This is a marvellous event and well done to Michelin for organising it.”
Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie today [12th May] praised Michelin managment for taking steps to protect jobs at the Dundee plant by announcing a three-week production shutdown.
The MP had received a briefing in advance on the move which he described as “the right thing to do in a downturn”.
The production break had been agreed in consultation with the unions and was widely regarded as protecting the future for the 860 staff at the Dundee plant which includes 140 new employees.
Stewart Hosie said: “Michelin have recognised the downturn in Europe and they are doing what they do very well, managng down production without threatening production or jobs.
“That’s the right thing to do in a downturn, managing stock levels while maintaining jobs and investment at the site.
“The actions they are taking are protecting the long-term presence of Michelin in Dundee.”
Shona and Joe with Transport Minister Keith Brown (left of picture) and Michelin apprentices and workers during the First Minister's visit to the plant.
Over 100 jobs have been created and 860 safeguarded after the Michelin factory in Dundee confirmed a multi-million pound investment would turn it into a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant.
Local SNP MSPs Shona Robison and Joe Fitzpatrick welcomed the announcement that Scottish Enterprise has brought a share of a UK-wide investment package worth up to £50 million from Michelin into its Dundee operation.
This means the factory will be the production site of the next generation of fuel efficient tyre.
Shona Robison, SNP MSP for Dundee City East, said: “This is fantastic news for Michelin and Dundee. It represents much needed private sector investment in the city and will not just secure the future of the many jobs already at Michelin but will also bring much needed new jobs and training opportunities, particularly for young people.”
Joe Fitzpatrick, SNP MSP for Dundee City West, said: “This success is down to the hard work and efforts of staff and management at Michelin, working in partnership with the Scottish Government to secure this investment for Dundee.
“I know both the Finance Secretary John Swinney and the First Minister have personally worked very hard over recent months to bring this investment to the city.”
'Thumbs Up' to Michelin
Dundee politicians today [Friday] attended a meeting with senior management at the Michelin plant to hear details of the plans for investment which they have been discussing with the Scottish Government. Both city MSPs Shona Robison and Joe FitzPatrick attended the meeting with Michelin’s Dundee factory manager John Reid and Ian Peart, the company’s personnel manager in Dundee.
Speaking after the meeting, Shona Robison, Dundee East MSP said: “I was pleased to hear at first hand of Michelin’s plans to work with the Scottish Government to generate investment in Dundee and to increase output.
“The expansion will protect the jobs of the 750-strong workforce and lead to up to 140 new jobs as well as seeing a return to seven-day working. It is a huge vote of confidence in the city. Michelin have stuck by Dundee for nearly 40 years and have put down strong roots here.”
Dundee West MSP Joe FitzPatrick said: “We heard today how the management, workforce and unions had successfully worked together to turn the factory around to be one of the most highly-competitive in Europe.
“It is an astonishing turnaround which the whole city can be proud of.”
Dundee West MSP Joe FitzPatrick today welcomed the announcement that Scottish Ministers are to invite industry representatives and other bodies to take part in a discussion later this month on the possibility of a Scottish initiative on winter tyres.
The MSP was responding to an announcement by Transport Minister Keith Brown issued today [see below].Michelin has been invited to the meeting along with representatives of several driving organisations and the insurance industry and RoSPA,
Joe FitzPatrick said today: “I welcome news of this initiative by the Transport Minister to discuss way to keep Scotland moving during severe weather in future winters.
“Dundee’s Michelin Plant make winter tyres and they could be in for a big boost if Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government can get agreement that winter tyres would make a difference in future cold winters.
“Winter tyres are frequently used in countries which regularly experience severe weather but less commonly used in Scotland and can enable journeys to be made in colder conditions.
“Michelin are one of the city’s biggest employers and it would be great if they were to be involved in this initiative to keep Scotland moving by greater use of winter tyres.”