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GMB Harland and Wolff members meet corbyn to ask him to save historic yard

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10 Sep 2019
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GMB Harland and Wolff members today asked Jeremy Corbyn to help them save their historic shipyard.

Workers from the Belfast yard travelled to TUCs annual congress in Brighton to meet the Labour leader.

If Harland and Wolff closes, it will be yet another nail in the coffin of UK manufacturing.

Denis Walker, GMB Senior Organiser

More than 100 workers have occupied the Belfast site 24-hours a day for more than six weeks.

The shipyard went into administration last month after its troubled Norwegian parent company, Dolphin Drilling, failed to find a buyer.


While the workers are still technically employed – they have not been paid for five weeks.

Alongside shipbuilding, Harland and Wolff was recently awarded a £32 million renewables contract –£24 million of which went directly back into the Northern Ireland economy.

Denis Walker, GMB Senior Organiser, said:

“Harland and Wolff workers are taking a brave step to save the yard for future generations – not just themselves.

“After occupying their beloved yard for weeks on hand, they’ve now travelled to England to ask Jeremy Corbyn for help.

“If Harland and Wolff closes, it will be yet another nail in the coffin of UK manufacturing.

“The yard must be taken into public hands to save Belfast’s proud shipbuilding heritage.”

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