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GMB Again Calls for Action from Portsmouth Mps Following BAE Job Cuts

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

 

Once again the hard-working, highly-skilled shipyard workers in Portsmouth have received a further blow after the recent demise of the city's 500-year-old shipbuilding industry.

GMB, the union for shipbuilders, is once again calling on Portsmouth MPs to do more following the death of the city’s 500-year-old shipbuilding industry.

Yesterday, BAE announced approximately 340 redundancies in their maritime division in Portsmouth. [1]

Now, Portsmouth South Labour MP Stephen Morgan has raised the further devastating impact this will have on Portsmouth and the wider community. [2]

Ross Murdoch, GMB National Officer and CSEU Chair for Shipbuilding, said:

"Once again the hard-working, highly-skilled shipyard workers in Portsmouth have received a further blow after the recent demise of the city's 500-year-old shipbuilding industry.

“GMB wants to remind people of David Cameron's promise to bring shipbuilding back to Portsmouth and the £300,000 set aside for this, which has mysteriously disappeared.

“The former Prime Minister also brought in Michael Fallon as the Minister for Portsmouth to further this commitment. “Michael Fallon’s approach to UK shipbuilding appears to be massively confused.

“On the one hand he publically comments the UK needs to start making things, then on the other he puts the three Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Solid Support Ships out to international tender by way of national shipbuilding policy.

“Given the ever increasing likelihood of no deal on Brexit, GMB calls on the Government to reverse this decision and prioritise this work to be shared amongst U.K. shipyards, bringing the type of socioeconomic benefits referred to by Sir John Parker in his report. [3]

“This would be a tremendous boost to both shipbuilding and steel working communities in the U.K. and bring much needed tax revenue and spend in the UK economy rather than overseas ones.

“And if their former minister, in his current role at the MOD, was to do so perhaps the good people of Portsmouth would get their fair share of this work if shipbuilding returned.

“The skills are still there as many of the workers made redundant after the closure of shipbuilding moved into the ship repair side and may be amongst this recent batch of redundancies announced by BAE.

“GMB also welcomes the commitment given by the Portsmouth South MP to engage in a meaningful way with the local CSEU trade unions, which was not the case in our view with the former MP".

ENDS

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

Notes to Editors:

[1] http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/business/major-portsmouth-employer-bae-systems-to-axe-100s-of-maritime-jobs-1-8189499

[2] http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/business/portsmouth-mp-calls-on-theresa-may-to-act-urgently-after-hundreds-of-jobs-axed-at-bae-systems-1-8190974

[3] https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-national-shipbuilding-strategy-an-independent-report

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