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Port Glasgow Shipyard Rescued

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GMB Welcome Rescue Of Port Glasgow Shipyard From Closure

The intervention by Jim McColl owner of Clyde Blowers has resulted in the Ferguson shipyard being rescued from closure and 80 jobs being saved says GMB

GMB, the union for shipyard workers, welcomed the rescue by Jim McColl owner of Clyde Blowers of the Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow which is in administration.

Jim Moohan, GMB Scotland Senior Organiser and Chair of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions in Scotland (CSEU), said “The intervention by Jim McColl, engineering specialist and owner of Clyde Blowers has resulted in the Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow being rescued from closure and 80 jobs being saved. 

This is the last remaining commercial yard in Scotland and without this intervention several hundred years of history would have been wiped out.

We are confident that Mr McColl will bring a new vision and strategy to the Yard and place it in a very competitive position with the expectation that the workforce will increase to 3 figures.

This of course will have to be complimented by total support from the Scottish Government and all political parties.  There is now an urgent need to revisit EU guidelines on competition, which places an Industry such as shipbuilding in such a precarious position that it is subject to total collapse. 

We must behave like other nations such as Norway, Poland, Germany and France who support and protect their respective Industries. 

I am confident that Mr McColl will not only protect the shipbuilding maritime position, but also seek out new markets within the shipbuilding and engineering markets.”

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Contact Jim Moohan - (m) 07885 868405 or Harry Donaldson – (m) 07885 456726 or 0141 332 8641

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