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March To Save Portsmouth Jobs

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

GMB On March On Saturday 14th December To Say “Don’t End 500 Years Of Shipbuilding History” In Portsmouth

By working with BAE Systems and the unions the Ministry of Defence could find ways to generate opportunities to save valuable shipbuilding jobs and skills say unions.

The Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU), comprising of GMB, Unite and Prospect are holding a march and rally in Portsmouth this Saturday (14 December) of shipyard workers, their families and local communities to call on BAE Systems and the government to save shipbuilding in Portsmouth.

The details of the demonstration are as follows:

Assemble at 11.00

Saturday 14 December 2013

Victory Gate,

Queen Street,

Portsmouth.

Move off at 12.00 to arrive at Guildhall Square for the rally at 12.30.

Speakers at the rally will include: Vernon Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council , John Denham MP, Hugh Scullion CSEU general secretary, Dave Hulse, GMB national officer and CSEU Chair, Ian Waddell, national officer Unite and John Ferrett, Prospect.

Gary Cook, GMB Regional Officer, said “The end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth will have tragic consequences for shipyard workers, their families and for future generations. The unions believe that as the ultimate owner of the Portsmouth dockyards the government still has a role to play.

 By working with BAE Systems and the unions the Ministry of Defence could find ways to generate opportunities to save valuable shipbuilding jobs and skills.

The unions are fighting to retain as many of the 1,775 jobs under threat, following the announcement in November which included a decision to end 500 years of shipbuilding history in Portsmouth.”

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Contact: Gary Cook 07712 677594 or Ciaran Naidoo from Unite on 07768 931 315 or GMB press office 07921 289 880 

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