GMB anger at ‘devastating’ decision to close Appledore Shipyard 1 Nov 2018

GMB has reacted with anger to the ‘devastating’ decision to close Appeldore Shipyard.

A total of 200 people are set to lose their jobs when the yard closes in March 2019.

Overnight the Government offered a £60 million deal to keep Appledore open. 

But despite this, Babcock announced their decision to close the yard this morning.

GMB and sister union Unite staged a mass rally to save the shipyard and handed in a nearly 10,000 petition to the Ministry of Defence and Babcock just this week calling on them to save this shipyard which is vital to both the local community and U.K. shipbuilding. 

Jake Mclean, GMB Rep at Appledore, said:

“This news is a devastating blow to the workforce and the local community.

“We want answers from the Government and Babcock about the package that was offered to save the yard.”

Matt Roberts, GMB Organiser, said:

"GMB is devastated to have been given this briefing today and our thoughts are all with the workforce and their families.

"Our members at Appledore are nothing short of incredible and they do not deserve this. Appledore is a truly special place with unique skills and talents.

"We all feel incredibly let down and wounded at the moment, but we will take stock, and analyse the details of what's been said today, and decide on our next steps as a workforce and union."

John Phillips, GMB regional Secretary for Wales and South West paid Tribute to the dignity and determination shown by GMB members and pledged that the Union would try to turn the position around:

“The announcement that Appledore shipyard will close is shattering news, and is yet another tragic example of betrayal of an industry with a proud history and heritage.

There needs to be maximum levels of transparency and integrity relating to both the detail of the Government’s offer of financial support and the decision of Babcock to reject it.

The GMB will continue to use its leverage to try and turn the position around, but in the meantime I must pay tribute to the dignity and determination shown by our members, activists and officers in running such a convincing campaign to save the yard and the highly-skilled jobs based there”.

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