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68 Job Losses At Cammell Laird Shipyard

Friday, May 20, 2016

GMB Call On Cammell Laird Shipyard To Reverse Decision On 68 Forced Redundancies

GMB members are extremely disappointed and angry that all the attempts and suggestions made by the joint trade unions to avert redundancies have been rejected by the company says GMB.

GMB, the union for shipyard workers, has said it will resist the 68 compulsory redundancies at Cammell Laird shipyard that were confirmed today (20th May, 2016). (See notes to editors for a copy of a GMB press release about redundancies at Cammell Laird).

GMB and Unite held a meeting of around 480 members following the announcement of the redundancies. The job losses were confirmed despite work on a new icebreaker ship commencing in just 2 months as part of a 2 year contract worth over £200 million.

GMB is currently conducting an open ballot of members for industrial action that ends at 12 noon on Monday (23rd May, 2016). A 30 day consultation period with the company ended on Tuesday (17th May, 2016).

Albie McGuigan, GMB regional officer, said “GMB members are extremely disappointed and angry that all the attempts and suggestions made by the joint trade unions to avert redundancies have been rejected by the company. This is devastating news comes after the joint trade unions and the workforce offered a number of solutions to get through this short period including offering to work the contracted hours for 2.5 hours less pay, work share and a 4 day week. All of these offers were rejected outright by the company.

GMB call on Cammell Laird shipyard to revaluate and stop these 68 redundancies particularly when the £200m contract to build the polar research ship, RRS Sir David Attenborough will start in a couple of months.”

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Contact: Albie McGuigan on 07860 593479 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

Notes to editors

GMB press release dated Wednesday, April 27, 2016

98 Job Losses At Cammell Laird Shipyard

This announcement is a shock to the joint trade unions and devastating news to the workers says GMB.

GMB, the union for shipyard workers, has commented on the announcement from Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead that it intends to make 98 workers redundant.

The job losses were announced despite the news in November 2015 that Cammell Laird had won a bid for a £200 million, 2 year contract to build a new arctic survey ship.

Albie McGuigan, GMB regional officer, said “This announcement is a shock to the joint trade unions and devastating news to the workers and we believe that the 30 day minimum consultation period is not enough time to deal with the consequences of this decision and it should be extended.

To date only one formal meeting has taken place on the 18th of April. At that meeting GMB registered its disagreement with their decision based on the fact that the yard will soon start construction of its biggest project in many years.

After a mass meeting of members, the unions have offered to reduce costs for the company over the next few months by agreeing to cut two hours from the working week until the new project is started, or for them to suggest an alternative that will avoid compulsory redundancies. So far, no progress has been made and if we don’t get an agreement, notices of termination will be issued on the 11th May.”

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