Fears for the future of Bo’ness iron foundry

210912 Retiral of derek freestone at ballantines of boness.
210912 Retiral of derek freestone at ballantines of boness.

Workers at crisis-hit Ballantine iron foundry said this week they had been expecting bad news for some time.

The future of the historic Bo’ness firm is in doubt after administrators were called in earlier this week.

Eight of the 70-plus strong workforce have been paid off and the rest are 
expecting to learn of their fate today (Friday).

One member of staff told the Journal and Gazette: “Everyone has been expecting the place to shut.

“Machinery has been breaking down constantly and it has been ‘patch-up’ jobs all the time.

“We just don’t know what is round the corner.”

A spokeswoman for the adminstrators said the firm had “succumbed to the economic downturn” but added that there had already been some interest from potential buyers.

She said: “This is a well regarded, long established business.

“We are working with management and staff to ensure everyone remains informed.”

Sixteen workers at the firm are members of Unite union . A union spokesman said: “The firm asked staff to take a 20 per cent pay cut a few weeks ago and that was refused.

“We understand there is a full order book and and as far as we are concerned there is absolutely no reason why there should be redundancies.

“We are waiting to hear the latest from management.’’