GMB MEMBERS BEGIN STRIKE OVER JOB CUTS AT HISTORIC CAMMELL LAIRD SHIPYARD
If the decision to slash hundreds of jobs is not reversed it will lead to untold hardship on workers and their families, says GMB Union
GMB members at Cammell Laird Shipyard in Birkenhead are set to begin industrial action to oppose redundancies and defend their jobs and the future of skilled workers and support staff within the shipyard.
The Cammell Laird action will start at 4.00pm today with an overtime ban and from 7.00am on Monday 26 November 2018 a three week period of strike action will start.
Last month, the company it was slashing 291 jobs - nearly 40 per cent of the workforce – by March 2019 
The joint trade unions have presented a credible and very reasonable alternative to the company to avert the redundancies however this proposal has been rejected, therefore we could see notice of dismissal issued to the workforce from the 3rd December onwards.
Earlier this month GMB members a voted to defend their jobs and the future of skilled workers and support staff within the shipyard .
This industrial action mandate will lead to a total overtime ban and sustained strike action.
Albie McGuigan, GMB Regional Organiser, said:
“This wave of redundancies is completely unbearable. It would lead to untold hardship on workers and their families.
“For workers to make a decision to take strike action especially at this time of year demonstrates how angry and frustrated they are at the lack of support from Cammell Laird.
“Our members believed their future was secure after recent announcements of contract awards and agreeing a long term pay agreement.
“They feel badly let down and they are determined that the threat of redundancy hanging over their heads should be removed immediately.
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