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Appledore Shipyard Closure 'Devastating'

Thursday, November 1, 2018

GMB ANGER AT’ DEVASTATING’ DECISION TO CLOSE APPLEDORE SHIPYARD

We want answers from the Government and Babcock about the package that was offered to save the yard says GMB Union

GMB has reacted with anger to the ‘devastating’ decision to close Appeldore Shipyard.

A total of 200 people are set to lose their jobs when the yard closes in March 2019.

Overnight the Government offered a £60 million deal to keep Appledore open. [1]

But despite this, Babcock announced their decision to close the yard this morning.

GMB and sister union Unite staged a mass rally to save the shipyard [2] and handed in a nearly 10,000 petition to the Ministry of Defence and Babcock just this week calling on them to save this shipyard which is vital to both the local community and U.K. shipbuilding. [3]

Jake Mclean, GMB Rep at Appledore, said:

“This news is a devastating blow to the workforce and the local community.

“We want answers from the Government and Babcock about the package that was offered to save the yard.”

Matt Roberts, GMB Organiser, said:

"GMB is devastated to have been given this briefing today and our thoughts are all with the workforce and their families.

"Our members at Appledore are nothing short of incredible and they do not deserve this. Appledore is a truly special place with unique skills and talents.

"We all feel incredibly let down and wounded at the moment, but we will take stock, and analyse the details of what's been said today, and decide on our next steps as a workforce and union."

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors

[1] https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205160301162848&set=gm.1098735183637202&type=3

[2] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/rally-save-appledore

[3] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/save-appledore-petition

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