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."
1800 jobs will be cut in shipyards operated by BAE Systems across England and Wales, bringing shipbuilding in Portsmouth to an end.
Unions are to meet defence giant BAe Systems to discuss the future of the firm's three shipyards amid a review of its business.