ONE-HUNDRED agency workers have been released from their work at BAE Systems’ Portsmouth base.
Painters, fitters and welders employed through Fareham-based recruitment agency Machtech are now no longer required following completion of their work on the second of three Oman corvette ships.
Despite some workers saying they are unhappy about the move, BAE Systems insist the move is above board and not in breach of their contracts as they knew what would happen from the start.
Work is now focused on the internal fitting of the ship so the agency workers are no longer needed.
Up to 250 workers from the agency with different skills remain on site.
Those that have left are still under contract with Machtech and will be redeployed elsewhere.
The second Oman corvette is expected to be finished sometime next month.
A BAE spokeswoman said: ‘We have a well-recognised resourcing strategy whereby we engage agency workers to enable us to respond to fluctuations in workload requirements.
‘As we prepare for the delivery of the second Oman corvette, the workload requirements have reduced, and as such we are releasing a number of agency workers at Portsmouth.’