Following news that Michael Fallon MP is set to be named as Minister for Portsmouth, Unite, Britain’s biggest union, called on him to fight tooth and nail to save valuable shipbuilding jobs and skills.
In November 2013 BAE Systems took the decision to end 500 years of shipbuilding history in Portsmouth with almost 1,000 planned jobs cuts. Unite believes 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 can find ways to save valuable shipbuilding jobs and skills.
Unite regional secretary, John Rowse said: “Michael Fallon must fight tooth and nail to find ways to save valuable shipbuilding jobs and skills.
"The end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth will have tragic consequences for shipyard workers, their families and for future generations. As the ultimate owner of the Portsmouth dockyards, the government can generate opportunities to save jobs and skills. We expect the newly appointed minister to rise to the challenge and give the city some hope.”
For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo from Unite on 07768 931 315
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.