'Save Portsmouth Shipyard'

Up to a thousand posts are under threat at BAE systems based at Portsmouth Shipyard.

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Council backs 'Save Our Shipbuilding' petition

Portsmouth City Council is fighting to keep shipbuilding in the city by backing an online petition.

BAE Systems announced the end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth with the loss of 940 jobs. Protestors say another 2,000 jobs in the area could be lost from suppliers who are dependent on the shipyard.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson is forming a task group to tackle the consequences of the shipbuilding decision, and local leaders have also asked for government support for this.

I talked to Dr Cable about the shipyard issue and what we can do to try to protect jobs. One idea I want the government to consider is that one of the Royal Navy's three new offshore patrol vessels could be built in Portsmouth.

– Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of the Council

Petition started to save Portsmouth jobs

A petition calling for the retention of skilled workers in the Portsmouth Naval Base following the closure of BAE Systems’ shipbuilding site has been started by Portsmouth Labour group.

It reads "I support the protection of high-skilled jobs in Portsmouth and demand that the council and its partners in government work with all parties to protect the long-term future of Portsmouth Dockyard.”

It is available online and signatures are also being gathered on the doorstep.

John Ferrett, the Leader of the Labour Group on Portsmouth City Council and the Parliamentary Candidate for Portsmouth North, believes the closure means vital skills will be lost at the Naval Base.

He has criticised the MP for Portsmouth North, Penny Mordaunt, for her stance on the closure.

It is astonishing that the MP for Portsmouth North is supporting the closure of the shipbuilding facility in Portsmouth. Workers need the support of their elected representatives at a time like this.

Furthermore, Portsmouth Naval Base will be the home of the two new aircraft carriers and there will be a demand for skilled labour when they come to the city in the second half of the decade.

It seems madness to lay off nearly a thousand skilled workers when their skills will be in demand in the near future."

– John Ferrett, Portsmouth Labour

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Meeting over job cuts

Unions are due to meet bosses at BAE Systems today to fight plans to cut 940 jobs in Portsmouth.

Five centuries of shipbuilding will stop in the city from next year.

Work on the new eight hundred million pound aircraft carriers will move to Scotland - but the ships will be based in Portsmouth, with workers maintaining them.

Rally to save Portsmouth Shipyard

Portsmouth residents attend rally to save the city's shipyard

Scores of Portsmouth residents turned out to back a rally in support of saving the city's dockyard and the 940 BAE jobs there currently at risk.

The firm made an announcement earlier this week that it would begin closing the site next year. The proposal would see the end of centuries of shipbuilding in the city.

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Thousands support 'Save Portsmouth Shipyard' site

The Save Portsmouth Shipyard Facebook group Credit: Facebook

A Facebook page calling for BAE Systems jobs in Portsmouth to be saved has got more than 60,000 'likes' within days of being set up. The plans to cut 940 jobs in the city will end five centuries of shipbuilding from next year.

Work on the new £800 million aircraft carriers will move to Scotland, but the ships will be based in Portsmouth, with workers maintaining them. You can see the Facebook page here.

History of Portsmouth Dockyard

Today's announcement that hundreds of jobs will be lost at BAE in Portsmouth ends centuries of tradition in the city and the careers of hundreds of workers.

From the earliest records - ship building features as an important part of life in the city. Henry the Eighth granted Portsmouth the official status of Naval Dockyard. Kerry Swain has been looking back.

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