The announcement of the £3.2 billion worth of contracts, which will secure 7,500 jobs at three UK naval bases, has been welcomed by Unite, the country’s largest union, today (Wednesday 1 October).
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded contracts worth £3.2 billion for the maintenance of the Royal Navy's fleet over the next five years. The MoD said the deal would secure about 7,500 jobs at the bases at Devonport, Faslane and Portsmouth.
Unite national officer Ian Waddell said: “We welcome the awarding of these contracts to secure the jobs at Devonport, Faslane and Portsmouth. It’s good news for UK manufacturing, for shipbuilding and the decision is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our members at these bases whose skills are world-class.”
Unite regional officer covering Portsmouth Mark Fisher said: “This is a very welcome boost to our members at the Portsmouth shipyard and the city’s economy more generally, especially given the hammer blow last year when the ending of naval ship building was announced.”
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
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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.