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Unite says Scotland must benefit from naval contracts

Unite says Scotland must benefit from naval contracts

29 November 2016

Unite the union says any changes to the way naval contracts are awarded have to recognise the skills of workers in Scotland. 

The union was commenting after publication of Sir John Parker’s independent report into the future of shipbuilding.

Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “Unite members at BAE Systems on the Clyde have world-class skills, and we worked hard as a union to make sure they benefited from the recent announcement that they would build eight new Type 26 frigates. 

“Any future changes to naval defence contracts must recognise the value offered by workers in Scotland – including the Clyde, Rosyth and beyond - and must ensure that they get a fair share of future work, not just token gestures.

“We will take time to read Sir John Parker’s report in detail, and make representations to government on behalf of our members.”

Unite also called on the UK Government to make sure that workers in Scotland benefit from contracts to build new supply ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. 

Pat Rafferty said: “This is a pressing issue that can’t wait. Our main concern is to make sure that the work does not go abroad. The MoD has already sent a contract for one of these supply ships to South Korea, and that can’t happen again. 

“It is vital that these contracts are used to support skilled manufacturing jobs in Scottish shipbuilding. Losing them would be devastating.”

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Notes to editors 

For further information contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / david.eyre@unitetheunion.org