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Constructive Meeting On Port Glasgow Shipyard

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hope From The Cliff Edge On Ferguson Shipyard Following Meeting With Scottish Government On Monday 18th August

Unions raised the importance of two further CalMac hybrid ferries, which we believe could secure the future of the shipbuilding yard says GMB

GMB and other unions in the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU) had very constructive talks on Monday 18th August with John Swinney, the Scottish Finance Secretary regarding the precarious position of Ferguson’s Shipyard in Port Glasgow. 

Jim Moohan, GMB Scotland Senior Organiser and Chair of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU), told the Finance Secretary “Every employee left the yard on Friday without a penny after 35 to 40 years’ service, which in itself is a scandal.

Beyond that we told the Finance Secretary that there is still limited work within the yard which can be progressed alongside work that was being done on the conversion of a ship nearby.

We also raised the importance of two further CalMac hybrid ferries, which we believe could secure the future of the shipbuilding yard.  This would follow the completion of 2 similar vessels recently.

It was strongly emphasised to the Finance Minister that we are working within a timeframe of just several weeks to retrieve what has been a very sad and disappointing situation when the doors of Ferguson’s closed.

I am optimistic going forward in the hope that the Scottish Government is successful in its pursuit of new and existing work.”

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For Further information contact:  Jim Moohan - (m) 07885 868405 Harry Donaldson – (m) 07885 456726

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