This will sustain job security with the Type 26 ships coming on stream and enhance chances of securing export opportunities that have been elusive says GMB Scotland.
GMB Scotland, the union for shipbuilding workers, commented on the investment decisions by BAE Systems as follows:
- Invest in excess of £100 million in the development of facilities in Glasgow to deliver significant performance improvements by extending and enhancing existing facilities at Govan and Scotstoun.
- Invest up to £48 million in new technologies, cutting-edge processes and new ways of working which, together with our investment in modern infrastructure, will enable us to transform the way we design and manufacture naval ships.
- investing in facilities to ensure the two sites can accommodate potential future international orders in addition to the Type 26 programme.
Jim Moohan, GMB Scotland Senior Organiser and Chair of the Confederation of Shipbuilding & Engineering Unions (CSEU), said “These welcome decisions make the Clydeside yards the centre of excellence for shipbuilding.
The two yards will complement each other in terms of skills and experience in the future. The steady stream of high quality apprenticeships will ensure the transfer of traditional skills as well as keeping up to date with the latest technology.
The two yards working together will make Clydeside attractive for potential new customers. It will also sustain job security with orders for the Type 26 ships for the Royal Navy coming on stream. I am of the view that it will enhance our chances of securing export opportunities that have been elusive.”
Contact Jim Moohan - (m) 07885 868405 or Harry Donaldson – (m) 07885 456726 or 0141 332 8641