GMB Scotland Brand Vote Against Trident Renewal At Scottish Labour Conference As Alice In Wonderland Politics Promising Pie In The Sky Jobs
We will not play politics on this and we will stand up for our defence workers and their communities right across the UK says GMB Scotland.
GMB Scotland, the union for shipyard and defence workers, responded to the vote at the Scottish Labour Party Conference in Perth on 1st November on the future of UK defences and against the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent. See notes to editors for a copy of GMB Scotland press release dated 26th October.
Gary Smith, GMB Scotland Acting Secretary, said “GMB Scotland members in defence related jobs are very disappointed with the vote by the Scottish Labour Party Conference against Trident renewal.
It is based on Alice in Wonderland politics promising pie in the sky alternative jobs for workers who are vital to our national security.
GMB Scotland will not play politics on this and will stand up for our defence workers and their communities’ right across the UK.
We are heartened with the level of support from constituency delegates for these workers shown during the debate and are grateful for that support"
Contact Gary Smith on 07710 618909 or 0141 332 8641 or Dave Hulse 08791 266157 or Jim Moohan 07885 868405 or GMB press office 07921 289880
Notes to editors:
Copy of GMB press release dated 26th October.
SCOTTISH LABOUR PARTY AND SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT MUST GET REAL ON 40,000 SCOTTISH DEFENCE JOBS AS SCOTTISH LABOUR CONFERENCE DEBATES TRIDENT RENEWAL
For all the talk about diversification the reality will not be more schools or hospitals but yard and factory closures, job losses and rising levels of poverty says GMB Scotland
GMB Scotland, the union for shipyard and defence workers, has written to members in the defence sector in advance of a likely debate at the Scottish Labour Party Conference starting in Perth on 30th October on the future of UK defences and the Trident nuclear deterrent. See notes to editors copy of GMB Scotland letter dated 26th October and for list of defence suppliers in Scotland by area.
Gary Smith, GMB Scotland Acting Secretary, said “GMB has vigorously defended our members in the defence manufacturing sector and we will make the case for Trident Renewal at the Scottish Labour Party Conference.
In a world facing many threats and dangers a properly functioning defence capability is essential to deal with often unpredictable and unforeseen events that threaten national security.
The 40,000 defence workers in Scotland are as vital to our national security as the armed forces. Without the skills of the workforce in the yards on the Clyde and Rosyth the Royal Navy could not defend the nation.
It makes no sense to abandon our longstanding overall defence strategy unilaterally for solely political reasons. That goes for Trident and the jobs at Faslane and Barrow.
There will be talk about defence diversification at the Scottish Labour Conference but, frankly, it is pie in the sky. For communities who are dependent on the defence industries, in Scotland, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Barrow in Furness and others, so-called defence diversification has meant one thing – the end of well-paid skilled jobs and the rise of unemployment or low skilled, low paid jobs with zero hours contracts. For all the talk about diversification the reality will not be more schools or hospitals but yard and factory closures, job losses and rising levels of poverty.
The Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Government need to get real on jobs. Without defence work there will be no Clyde shipyards and Falmouth would probably face closure. The same goes Barrow. The real casualties will be the communities if these highly skilled, well paid irreplaceable union jobs are given up.
Some Tories might welcome closure of yards and factories because they would prefer to import, cheaper foreign made kit. There has always been pressure in defence circles to buy ships off the shelf from overseas yards because they are cheaper. Some admirals definitely would prefer buy two get one free approach. We have seen it already.
Large parts of the establishment have no loyalty to the working class in defence jobs. As an island nation it is madness to give up the skills vital to our defences. GMB Scotland will stand up for defence workers who are essential to our national security."
Notes to editors:
1 Copy of letter from GMB Scotland to members working in the defence sector dated 26 October 2015
Scottish Labour Party Conference 2015
Diversification and Trident
At the forthcoming Scottish Labour Party Conference there will be a debate about Trident Renewal. GMB policy is clear - to support Trident Renewal. We have members in Scotland, Barrow-in-Furness and Plymouth who have a direct interest in the future of Trident.
We also have members elsewhere in defence manufacturing who desperately need the work that Trident renewal would bring. The issue is not simply about Trident, it is about defence manufacturing in totality, which is a key part of the Scottish economy. Cuts in defence manufacturing will have huge implications for you, your family and for Scotland as a whole.
There will be talk about defence diversification at the Labour Conference but, frankly, it is pie in the sky. For communities who are dependent on the defence industries, in Scotland, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Barrow in Furness and others, so-called defence diversification has meant one thing – the end of well-paid skilled jobs and the rise of unemployment or low skilled, low paid jobs with zero hours contracts. For all the talk about diversification the reality will not be more schools or hospitals but yard and factory closures, job losses and rising levels of poverty.
The Type 26 Combat Vessel Programme like other programmes before it is facing cuts. Nobody can have any belief in those who say that diversifying into conventional defence systems is credible. In GMB we just don't buy it.
GMB believes that the question is not whether Trident will be renewed. The crucial matter is whether the system will be built in the UK. There are those in the Ministry of Defence who would prefer to buy equipment off the shelf from abroad rather than have it manufactured in the UK. They argue it is cheaper but offshoring this crucial work will kill UK jobs and have massive knock on costs through higher unemployment and rising welfare bills. It seems there are those in the MOD and Government who have no concern about the impact on skilled jobs, particularly in Scotland.
Going into the Scottish Labour Party it’s our intention that GMB Scotland will continue to press the case for defence manufacturing and Trident renewal. The renewal of Trident is not an academic debate for the coffee shops of North London. Neither should the debate over Trident just involve politicians, political interest groups and the media. The voice of ordinary workers, whose jobs depend on defence contracts and Trident renewal, needs to be heard too.
GMB has vigorously defended our members in the defence manufacturing sector and we will make the case for Trident Renewal at the Scottish Labour Party Conference. We believe that GMB members are supportive of the position that we intend to adopt, but we are asking you as members to feedback to your Shop Stewards and Conveners about how you feel on the GMB position on Trident Renewal. With your continued support GMB will passionately argue the case to defend your jobs and those of our other members in yards and factories across the UK. We will be speaking to the conveners and shop stewards just prior to Scottish Labour Party Conference to gauge the response of you as GMB members.
Your union, GMB, will always unequivocally be on the side of you, your family and working communities in our country.
Jim Lennox GMB Scotland President and Gary Smith Acting Regional Secretary
2 Where defence jobs in Scotland are located:
Aberdeen: 4i2i Communications; Aardvark Clear Mine Limited; AC-CESS Co UK; Bowtech; J & S Marine; James Morrison & Co; JW Smith Instrument Engineering Ltd; Kimetsan Aerospace and Defence Coatings Ltd; Lewis Ltd; R2S Crime; SonarDyne; Sonavision; Tayhope; Tritech International Ltd; Tuboscope Holdings Ltd; Caledonian Airborne Systems Limited; Army reserve.
Aberdeenshire: Nova Pressure Controls Ltd Aardvark Clear Mine Ltd; Arnlea Systems Limited; Aerossurance Limited; Ramtech Hydraulics; RAF Buchan; Anderson Technical Services
Angus: J & D Wilkie Ltd
Argyll and Bute: Babcock Marine ; HMNB Clyde (Faslane); Photonic Security Systems; Flexible Technology Ltd
Ayrshire: Veracity UK Ltd; 52nd Lowland; Chemring Energetics; Chemring Energetics UK Ltd; CSM Scotland; QinetiQ Ltd (Ardeer); Robert Mackie & Co Ltd; Chemring Energetics UK Ltd; RAF Prestwick
Bathgate: Dacoll Ltd; Guardlok; Rotech Maintenance & Projects Ltd; Plexus Corp; 52nd Lowland
Bo’ness: L & T Enterprises Ltd; Thackeray Technical Services Ltd
Clackmannanshire: Raylind Associates Ltd;
Clydebank: The Deans Group;
Dumbarton: Wideblue Ltd; Army reserve.
Dumfries: Jackson Rifles; Croma Group Vigilant Security (Scotland); Penman Engineering; Positive Response; 52nd Lowland; Helmet Integrated Systems; Penman Engineering Ltd
Dundee: BBI Detection Limited; Calico Jack; Macweld Inspection Services; Speech Sentinal; STAR Dundee; Albacom Ltd; BBI Detection; W.L. Gore & Associates (UK) Limited; Army reserve
Dunfermline: BAE Systems; Rolls-Royce; Babcock Marine ; QinetiQ ; BitWise; Bridge Systems Limited; Camtec Test Systems; Infinite Data Storage Ltd; Sonart Electronics Ltd; Vib Tech; White Eagle Contracts Ltd
East Ayrshire: Scot Seat Group
East Kilbride: Rolls-Royce; 360 Tactical VR; Corston Sinclair Ltd; KAV Publicity; Memex Technology Ltd; Netidme; Tac Products Ltd; Gael Ltd
East Lothian: ZOT Integrated Manufacturing
Edinburgh: Dreampact Limited; Abelon Systems Limited; Albagaia Limited; Aspects Software; Calton Hill Limited; Commissum; Computer Application Services Ltd; DNS SecureWorks UK Ltd; Evidential Systems; Fortkey; FWB Consultants; Guardall; Helixion; Indigo Vision; Intelligent Earth; International Consultancy Group; IXSyte; Lux Biotechnology; Odos Imaging; SecuriGroup Ltd; SELEX Galileo; UK Astronomy Technology Centre; Abbott Risk Consulting Ltd; IndigoVision; Jumpstart (Scotland) Ltd; SeeByte Ltd; Systechnica Limited; ThinkTank Maths Limited; Royal Highland Fusiliers; Balaklava Company; 52nd Lowland; Exova Ltd
Elgin: Copernicus Technology Ltd; Army reserve
Falkirk: Idrach Ltd; Gs Hydro (Grangemouth) Ltd
Fife: Aliwall Defence Consultancy Limited; BAE Systems; Processplus Ltd; Army reserve ; Glamis Controls Ltd; Semiconductor Field Maintenance Ltd; Dundee Satellite Systems Ltd
Forres: Turner D H E; Scotland Electronics Int Ltd
Galashiels: 52nd Lowland
Glasgow: BAE Systems; Alba Ultrasound; Altia Solutions; Aperta; Arrest Fire & Security; Beat Systems Limited; Berkeley Myles; Browns (Scotland) Limited; Caledonian Lock-Safe; Capescot Limited; Chbe Ltd; Clyde Space; Conram Ltd; CST Global Ltd; Digital Dataworks; Dimensional Imaging Ltd; Diptone Ltd; ECEBS; Essential Viewing; Gas Sensing Solutions; Gavin Watson Printers; IJS Consultants; Intense Ltd; Kelvin Connect; Kelvin Nanotechnology Ltd; Kyle Electronic Design Ltd; Lochrin Bain (Wm Bain Fencing); Lowlander Ltd; Luichart Technology Limited; M Squared Lasers Ltd; Metaforic Metaforic; Netintelligence; OptoSci; Pointer; RS Garrow Ltd; Sage Safety Ltd; Sarkar Defence Airborne Solutions Ltd; Second Chance; Spartan Solutions; Steepest Ascent; Sunvic Controls Ltd; Thales Optronics; The Technology Club; Thistle Garments; Turner Facilities Management Ltd; Air Power & Hydraulics Ltd; Castle Precision Engineering (Glasgow) Limited; ICL Tech Ltd; Virtual Interconnect Limited; Walker Precision Engineering; BAE Systems; BAE Systems; 52nd Lowland
Glenrothes: Ilasco; Raytheon Systems Ltd; Keela / Ilasco; Phoenix Precision
Hamilton: Ireland Alloys Limited
Highland: QinetiQ ; Black Isle Controls Limited; Hamilton London Ltd; Contec Design Services; Denchi Power Ltd; Rolls-Royce
Inner Hebrides: QinetiQ
Inverness: Nowler Ltd; The Black Watch; Army reserve
Lanarkshire: Nicholson Plastics Ltd; Missiles and Space Batteries Ltd
Livingston: Bloxx; Conjunct Ltd; Dreampact Ltd; Dynamic Imaging Ltd; Entrotec; Wireless Fibre Systems Ltd Unit; ACLAS Technics Ltd; Jabil Circuit UK
Midlothian: MacTaggart, Scott & Company Limited; Fuel Cells Scotland; Somerled Ltd; Materials Consultancy Services Ltd
Moray: Precision Rifle Services Ltd; RAF Lossiemouth; Kinloss Barracks
Motherwell: MB Aerospace; 52nd Lowland
North Ayrshire: Securename Ltd; Greenquick Ltd
North Lanarkshire: D&G Precision Engineering Ltd; Missiles & Space Batteries Ltd; Lochrin Bain - William Bain Fencing Ltd; Teledyne Limited; Maintool Company; Ritecom
Outer Hebrides: RAF Benbecula; RRH Saxa Vord; QinetiQ ; Army reserve
Paisley: Agility Logistics Burnbrae Drive; Atlasair Limited; Globe Air Cargo; Strathclyde Forensics; Westica Ltd
Perth: AM Securities; Glen Abbot Ltd; Air Service Training (Engineering) Limited; Army reserve ; Salent Technologies Ltd; Lsc Process & Laboratory Systems Uk Ltd
Renfrewshire: Rolls-Royce; Amor Group; James Fisher Defence; Aeropair Ltd; Morf Products Ltd; BAE Systems; Flextronics
South Ayrshire: Visimetrics (UK); Inter-Tec Services Limited; Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Limited
South Lanarkshire: Geoturn Ltd; Phoenix Electronics Distribution Ltd; RPM Engines & Transmissions; Braithwaite Telescopes; Online Edge; i3 Works Limited
Stirling: Advanced Perimeter Systems Limited; Cascade Technologies; Prism Tech; Scotest; Teed Business Continuity; Net-Defence; Army reserve
West Lothian: Navsys Ltd; Highlander Scotland Ltd; Hydrosense; Safe Cities Ltd