Harland and Wolff demo hits 72 hours as GMB boss joins protesters

01 Aug 2019
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Embattled workers Harland and Wolff have now been protesting for 72 hours as GMB General Secretary Tim Roache visits the shipyard.

Workers occupied the world famous ‘Titanic’ yard in Belfast at around 1pm on Monday in anger at the potential sale of the yard.

If a buyer cannot be found by 5pm today, the yard may close with the loss of 132 jobs.

The current owners are thought to be pursuing a number of leads.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

“I’m here to stand shoulder to shoulder with GMB members who work at Harland and Wolff.

“This is a fight for our members’ jobs and livelihoods, but it’s about the wider future of our manufacturing industry too.
We’re sick of good jobs being sent overseas when skilled workers in UK and Ireland are facing the dole.

“This Government needs to stop worrying about leaving the EU and put forward a proper plan to save UK manufacturing.”

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