Don’t end 500 years of shipbuilding history

Don’t end 500 years of shipbuilding history

10 December 2013

Workers, their families and local communities to gather for a march and rally to save shipbuilding jobs in Portsmouth.

WHEN: Saturday 14 December 2013
WHERE: Assemble at 11.00, Victory Gate, Queen Street, Portsmouth. Move off at 12.00 to arrive at Guildhall Square for the rally at 12.30.

The Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU), comprising of Unite, GMB, UCATT and Prospect will hold a march and rally in Portsmouth this Saturday (14 December) to call on BAE Systems and the government to save shipbuilding in Portsmouth.

The end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth will have tragic consequences for shipyard workers, their families and for future generations. The unions believe that as the ultimate owner of the Portsmouth dockyards the government still has a role to play. By working with BAE Systems and the unions the Ministry of Defence could find ways to generate opportunities to save valuable shipbuilding jobs and skills.

The unions are fighting to retain as many of the 1,775 jobs under threat, following the announcement in November which included a decision to end 500 years of shipbuilding history in Portsmouth.
Speakers at the rally will include: Vernon Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council; John Denham MP; Hugh Scullion CSEU general secretary; Dave Hulse, GMB national officer and CSEU Chair; Ian Waddell, national officer Unite; John Ferrett, Prospect.

For more information contact: Ciaran Naidoo from Unite on 07768 931 315 or Steve Pryle from the GMB on 07921 289 880

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Notes to editors
• Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.