GMB Welcome £97 Million Contract At Ferguson Marine As It Signals The Return Of Commercial Shipbuilding In Scotland
In time this will increase the workforce by several hundred with the opportunity by 2020 that they could expand beyond 1,000 plus says GMB Scotland.
GMB Scotland, the union for shipbuilding workers, welcomed a £97m order at Ferguson Marine and says commercial shipbuilding has finally returned to the Lower Reaches of Clydeside in Scotland.
Jim Moohan, GMB Scotland Senior Organiser and Chair of the Confederation of Shipbuilding & Engineering Unions (CSEU), said "That from a position just over a year ago in 2013 of closure Ferguson's have now secured and signalled the return of commercial shipbuilding in Scotland.
The intervention by Jim McColl to invest in the yard alongside a vision and a strategy in our view has opened the market into commercial shipbuilding, which had been deemed a lost cause over the past few decades.
It is vital that Mr McColl is given total support by the Scottish Government to ensure that we can broaden our horizons into the European commercial marine market and seek job opportunities.
It has taken the confidence and commitment by Mr McColl alongside a dedicated workforce which has resulted in them being the preferred bidder for 2 Calmac ferries which each will be over 100 metres plus in length.
This supports the apprentices who have been taken on at the site to ensure that there is a long term skill factor in place to support the Company when they seek further contracts.
In time this will increase the workforce by several hundred with the opportunity by 2020 that they could expand beyond 1,000 plus.
It highlights once again that there is a willingness by an individual and a Government which supports the industry coming together with workers and working as one for a future of Scotland's shipbuilding and manufacturing base."
Contact: Jim Moohan - 07885 868405 or Harry Donaldson - 07885 456726