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Unite welcomes Clyde frigate announcement

Unite welcomes Clyde frigate announcement

04 November 2016

Scotland’s biggest union has welcomed the confirmation that eight Type 26 frigates are to be built on the Clyde. 

Unite regional coordinating officer Kenny Jordan said: “Unite and the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions worked hard with BAE and the UK Government to ensure that this contract came to the Clyde. 

“We’re pleased that the Defence Secretary has finally committed to meeting the promises they made to the workforce on the Clyde. Our members have been living with uncertainty for too long and this is a testament to the lobbying and campaigning that they have done over the last two years.

“We have a workforce at Govan and Scotstoun with world-class skills who are eager to get on with the job – and eager to see more work coming in the future.

“This announcement secures the future of shipbuilding on the upper Clyde, supports skilled jobs in manufacturing and will provide opportunities for apprentices and trainees, making sure that we safeguard skills for the next generation.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / dav