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Trade unionists rally to defend shipbuilding in Portsmouth

by Penny Foskett
Issue No. 2384

Around 200 workers marched against the closure of the BAE shipyard in Portsmouth

Around 200 workers marched against the closure of the BAE shipyard in Portsmouth (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Some 200 workers from the GMB, Unite and Prospect unions in Portsmouth dockyard held a march and rally on Saturday of last week to save shipbuilding in Portsmouth.

After the announcement of the closure of the highly profitable BAE shipyard their will be a loss of more than 900 skilled jobs and many more in the community as a result.

The marchers, waving banners and flags, chanted as they marched from the Victory Gate in the dockyard to the Guildhall Square

The rally was addressed by officials from the unions. A message of support and solidarity was also read from ship workers on the Clyde. Ian Waddle, a national officer of Unite, said

Portsmouth will not accept the ending of shipbuilding” and Hugh Scullion the General Secretary of CSEU said “We are determined to secure the future of shipbuilding in Portsmouth”.

Unfortunately no concrete strategies and plans were proposed to achieve this.

One of the strongest speeches was from Lisa Fletcher from Unite the Community, who talked about the devastating impact of the job losses on the whole community. 

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Tue 17 Dec 2013, 16:16 GMT
Issue No. 2384
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