Government urged to broaden scope of shipbuilding stra...

UK government urged to broaden scope of shipbuilding strategy and give guarantees on British steel

06 September 2017

The UK government can and should go further with the scope of its shipbuilding strategy said Britain’s largest union, Unite as it responded to today’s (Wednesday 6 September) publication of the ‘National Shipbuilding Strategy’ by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). 

Calling on the government to guarantee that Royal Navy ships are built using British steel, Unite urged the government to commit to building the next generation of naval support ships in an alliance of UK shipyards.

Unite national officer Ian Waddell said: “This is welcome news, but the UK government can and should go further to support jobs and the supply chain. 

“Not only do ministers need to guarantee the use of British steel in these vessels, but they need to extend the shipbuilding strategy to ensure the next generation of Royal Navy support ships are built in an alliance of UK shipyards

“Combined with the Type 26 and Type 31 frigates, it would keep all the UK shipyards fully employed and provide certainty for the industry that would lead to investment for the long term and world class efficiency.”


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

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.