Assessment of Portsmouth dockyard future will start today

REVIEW The BAE Systems ship building yard at Portsmouth Dockyard.
REVIEW The BAE Systems ship building yard at Portsmouth Dockyard.
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INSPECTORS from the Ministry of Defence today begin an investigation into the future of the BAE shipyard.

BAE is looking into the possibility of closing a yard in either Portsmouth or Clyde once the contract for two 65,000-tonne supercarrier warships comes to a close in the next few years.

There are concerns there will not be enough work once the £5bn contract is over. Any closures could lead to the loss of hundreds of jobs.

It is understood the MoD assessors will visit Clyde shipyard at the end of the month.

Speaking to the Independent on Sunday, Gary Cook, the GMB trade union representative for the south coast, said: ‘I am somewhat surprised that there has been no consultation over all of this with the GMB, as we represent our members’ interests.

‘Our working agreement with BAE is based on mutual trust and no surprises, and the fact that people are looking at the financial, economic and human impact of a closure is a surprise.’