MP shows support for workers on strike at Cammell Laird

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05 Dec 2018

Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood visited the picket line at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead recently to show her support for workers who are striking to save their jobs.

In October, Cammell Laird announced plans to make 291 workers redundant by March 2019. Unite officials say this equates to about 40% of the workforce.

News of the redundancies came shortly after the company announced it had won two government contracts worth £619 million to support and maintain ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary over 10 years.

GMB and Unite unions believe that these job losses are unnecessary and are an effort by Cammell Laird to further casualise the workforce.

Unite announced on Friday that it is extending industrial action at the site until 18th January due to company bosses continuing to press ahead with the planned redundancies.

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“It is shocking that over 290 redundancies are planned when Cammell Laird has recently secured contracts worth £619 million.

"Some of the workers affected who I met on the picket line have worked at Cammell Laird for over ten years.

"There are real fears that these workers will be replaced by agency workers on poor terms and conditions.

"We cannot afford to see a race to the bottom when it comes to employment.

"I urge the management at Cammell Laird to sit down with the unions and with government and come up with a plan to save these jobs.”


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