'Save Portsmouth Shipyard'

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

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Union Prospect 'deeply concerned' about loss of jobs

Prospect, the union for defence specialists has said that the job losses in Portsmouth and Scotland are of 'deep concern'.

They have called for an urgent meeting with ministers and the company, BAE Systems.

Gary Graham, the Deputy General Secretary said:

For an island nation and in this time of increased global uncertainty, we should be seeking to maintain our shipbuilding capacity, not reduce it.Shipbuilding is not only a key element of our defence infrastructure, it is also an industry where the UK should be a world-leader, creating and sustaining highly skilled and well-paid jobs.Job losses of this scale will have a devastating impact upon local communities and economies. These are the very type of highly skilled jobs which should be leading us out of recession and helping create growth in the economy.

– Gary Graham, Deputy General Secretary for union Prospect

Unite union will fight for a future for shipbuilding

Unite, the country's largest union, will help fight as many of the 1775 jobs under threat at BAE Systems, including the 940 jobs that will be lost at the Portsmouth yard.

Unite said:

This is a very worrying time for the workforces and their families as the work on the two carriers comes to a conclusion. Unite will be working very hard to retain the maximum number of jobs at both Portsmouth and in Scotland. It is a huge blow to Britain’s manufacturing and industrial base, with many highly skilled workers faced with losing their jobs.

We will have to examine the BAE business case in detail to see how we can secure a future for the workforces at both Portsmouth and in Scotland. We believe that, if this is approached in a constructive and innovative way, it can be achieved. The seeds for this situation were sown in the 1980’s when the Thatcher government used European structural funds to close shipyards, rather than funding investment that would have allowed Britain to compete in the global marketplace for shipbuilding orders against the likes of South Korea.

– Ian Waddell, Unite national officer for shipbuilding


Portsmouth council leader 'condemns' job losses

The Leader of Portsmouth City Council have condemned the decision to end ship building at Portsmouth dockyard.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said:

I condemn the decision to shut down the last remaining shipyard in England with the capability to build advanced surface warships.

This decision is bad for Portsmouth, with the loss of many highly-skilled jobs, but it's also bad for the defence of the UK and for the Royal Navy.

The remaining yards with the capability to build advanced warships are in Scotland, and the referendum on Scottish independence is less than one year away. Ministers have put the defence of the UK and the future of the navy at real risk.

We will work as hard as we can to protect jobs in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth remains the home of the Royal Navy with more than 10,000 jobs remaining in the dockyard.

– Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Portsmouth City Council Leader


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