Unite Wales is concerned with the tone and content of recent criticism regarding the Armoured Vehicle programme being delivered by our members employed by General Dynamics Land Systems at Merthyr Tydfil.

Bryan Godsell, regional co-ordinating officer responsible for the Unite membership at General Dynamics commented: “Our members can and will deliver the programme on quality, on cost and on time, provided they are given the ability and resources to do so. No stone should remained unturned in ensuring the delivery of this world class defence system.

"External commentators and particularly local politicians should be mindful of the impact their comments have on our members and their families and speak to the trade union on site before making any comment.

"General Dynamic’s benefits from having a truly dedicated, highly committed, highly skilled workforce. They know exactly what’s required from the vehicles they manufacture and what’s important to the brave personnel who will use them.

"Unite is satisfied that recent changes in the senior leadership team who have managed the programme over the last four years will ensure that this important programme can be delivered successfully.

"We are pleased that Jeremy Quinn, the minister for defence procurement has fully supported the programme in parliament and cautioned politicians and other commentators to be patient and to allow the company the time to implement the improvements that are necessary within the programme to deliver a world class armoured vehicle fit for purpose for future defence requirements."


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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.