A PROBE is underway at a shipbuilder in crisis as staff claim staff shot heroin in the yard.
The bosses of the struggling Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow have ordered an investigation after needles and spoons were allegedly discovered under a ferry under construction at the state-owned facility.
It is understood that more filthy drug addict material was dug up in the toilet as well.
The paraphernalia was initially thought to have stranded in the Clyde Estuary, but when the kit was found multiple times, concerned bosses decided to act.
Tonight, it emerged that all 470 employees were facing a regimen of drug testing – as bosses issued a “no tolerance” warning regarding drug abuse.
The shocking revelation comes days after the company missed a lucrative order to build two new ferries for CalMac – sparking anger from union bosses.
Companies from Turkey, Poland and Romania beat Ferguson Marine on the shortlist to compete for the Islay and Jura boats.
Delays in building the MV Glen Sannox dual-fuel ferry and a still-unknown sister ship have also intensified pressure on bosses.
A spokesperson for Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) said: “This is a very serious matter involving a small number of individuals.
“Ferguson Marine has a zero tolerance drug policy, which is fully supported by the unions.
“As is common practice in many industrial workplaces, anyone identified as being under the influence at work is immediately suspended and faces disciplinary proceedings, including dismissal.
‘MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUS’
“We operate a routine program of random and ’cause’ testing, especially for those in safety critical roles, and our ‘no lone worker’ approach ensures that every job performed or every machine part used involves more. of somebody.
“Our approach applies to employees and contractors.
“As a responsible employer of 470 hard-working employees, we take everyone’s health and safety seriously and make no apologies for the robust measures in place to protect everyone from potential harm.”
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A spokesperson for GMB Scotland said: “Unfortunately, the world of work is not exempt from the challenges society in general faces, and we will work with the employer to ensure health, well-being and welfare. staff safety. “
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: ‘Allegations of drug use in the workplace should be taken seriously by all employers. Given the nature of the work undertaken by Ferguson Marine, these allegations are clearly alarming and could potentially compromise worker safety.
“The Scottish Government has been given assurances from the yard that proper procedures are in place to investigate and deal with personnel matters such as this.”
Scottish Tories and Labor have been contacted for comment.
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