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Don't bow to Hyundai land demand.

Hyundai were accused of blackmail yesterday after they asked for the site of their planned Fife plant free.

The Koreans believe if the Scottish Office gifted them the site it would secure the 2000 jobs which the Dunfermline factory will create.

But the firm came under fire for the move, which comes a day after they opted to suspend construction work at the plant.

SNP industry spokesman Alasdair Morgan said: "These types of companies are hard bargainers so they'll be trying to milk it for all its worth. It's almost a blackmail tactic.

Fife's Euro MP Alex Falconer said: "We shouldn't give them one ounce of land."

Lib Dem transport spokesman Michael Moore said: "Handing over ownership of the site would be a scandalous abuse of public funds."

More than 1000 building workers have been affected by Hyundai's decision to call a halt to work at the computer chip plant for four months.

The plant's fate has been in doubt since December when a financial crisis rocked the Far East.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 11, 1998
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