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Friday, August 15, 2014

Unions Call On Scottish Government To Intervene To Save Port Glasgow Shipyard As Receivers Called In Putting 80 Jobs At Risk

GMB and CSEU issue a public challenge to the First Minister to meet with officers and conveners in an attempt to retrieve this abysmal situation.

GMB and other union are calling on the Scottish Government to intervene to save Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow which has called in receivers putting 80 jobs at risk.

The yard, which recently completed two ferries for CalMac, faces closure if options to keep it open are not explored as a matter of urgency.

Jim Moohan, GMB Scotland Senior Organiser and Chair of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU) said “This is the last remaining commercial shipbuilding yard in Scotland.  It has now locked its doors to the workforce.

Unless the Scottish Government intervenes this puts the final key in the door of commercial shipbuilding which with a history of several hundred years in Scotland.

Not to intervene will be an utter betrayal by the Scottish Government and the First Minister, Alex Salmond. Both he and the Government are well aware of the precarious cliff edge position that the yard was facing and have done nothing to help so far.

There can be no hiding behind EU Guidelines this time. The First Minister can, we believe, directly intervene and tender for commercial work within Europe to allow this yard to remain open.  All Governments have got the right to make bold decisions to save an industry.

Unions met with the Transport Minister, Keith Brown, no less than 48 hours ago and Ferguson’s was mentioned in part of that discussion.  It is not believable that ministers were not aware of the warnings over the past several years that the yard was in need of direct support.

Workers with service between 30 and 45 years in that yard have been kicked out without any explanation, now that is a scandal.  GMB and CSEU issue a public challenge to the First Minister to meet with ourselves and the conveners in an attempt to retrieve this abysmal situation.

The Scottish people will reflect on the handling of this crisis by the First Minister.”

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Contact: Jim Moohan (m) 07885 868405 or 0141 332 8641 or Harry Donaldson 07885456726.  GMB Press Office 07921 289 880

 

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