Unite Scottish secretary backs calls for Clyde frigate...

Unite Scottish secretary backs calls for Clyde frigate timetable

17 August 2016

Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty has backed calls for a quick agreement on a timetable to build eight Type 26 frigates on the Clyde.

The union's leader in Scotland was speaking after a visit to the BAE Systems Scotstoun and Govan shipyards on Wednesday 17 August.

Pat Rafferty said: "Unite shop stewards and members at BAE have been doing great work defending jobs on the Clyde, as well as the pay and conditions of our members.

"I came here at the invitation of our convener at Scotstoun, Duncan McPhee, and I share his concerns about the unnecessary delays to the start of work on these frigates.

"Unite's message to the UK Government is clear: you have made a commitment to the workers and to the country - let's get the timetable sorted and let's get to work."

Unite convener at BAE Systems' Scotstoun yard Duncan McPhee said: "My members worked hard with BAE and the UK Government to ensure that this contract came to the Clyde. We have a guarantee that the eight ships will be built on the Clyde, but we need to end any uncertainty now. We have a skilled workforce at Govan and Scotstoun ready to get on with the job. Let's do it."


For further information, or to an arrange an interview, contact Unite Scotland media officer David Eyre on 07960 451631. Email

Notes to editors:

A copy of a photograph from Pat Rafferty's visit can be downloaded from here. It shows, from left to right, Billy McKay (Unite Manual Convenor - Govan), Henry Wilson (Unite Staff Convenor - Clyde), Kenny Jordan (Unite Regional Officer), Pat Rafferty (Unite Scottish Regional Secretary), Duncan McPhee (Unite Manual Convenor - Scotstoun), and Tanya Hennebry (Unite Staff Convenor - Clyde). 

Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy.  The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.