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Four hundred march to save BAE jobs

Issue No. 2273

On the march in Hull to save jobs  (Pic: Ken Coyne)

On the march in Hull to save jobs (Pic: Ken Coyne)

Some 400 BAE workers and supporters marched against job cuts in Hull last Saturday.

Over 3,000 jobs are set to be axed, 900 of them at the Brough plant near Hull. Some workers only found out from the television news.

Workers in the GMB and Unite unions marched.

Dave, a BAE worker, said “Initially, we felt like we had been given a good kicking, but we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves down and are ready to fight.”

Unite union regional officer Kelvin Mawer completed an apprenticeship at Brough in the 1960s. He said: “It is unbelievable manufacturing could end there.These are some of the most highly skilled workers in the UK and they are going to be thrown on the scrapheap.”

Some people from the Youth Fight for Jobs march from Jarrow to London arrived in Hull to bring their solidarity.

Phil Sanderson, secretary of Hull trades council, addressed the rally on the need to nationalise BAE.

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Tue 11 Oct 2011, 18:47 BST
Issue No. 2273
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