BAE’s decision ‘disgraceful’ say Portsmouth employees

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WORKERS have branded the decision to axe shipbuilding in Portsmouth with the loss of up to 940 jobs in the city ‘disgraceful.’

Staff spoke out as they left BAE Systems in Portsmouth earlier following the announcement that 1,775 jobs are at risk across its naval ships business.

UNCERTAIN FUTURE Tom Rudd

UNCERTAIN FUTURE Tom Rudd

The firm said 940 jobs will be lost in Portsmouth and a further 835 in Glasgow, Rosyth and Filton, near Bristol.

Brett Lloyd, 23, who also works for BAE Systems, said the first he knew about the announcement was through the media.

Mr Lloyd said: ‘There were rumblings about it before. The managers have been seen inside with the union reps. I was upset and disgusted when I first heard about it. I think it’s disgraceful.’

He added: ‘The company is treating us badly and not letting us have any information.’

UPSET Brett Lloyd

UPSET Brett Lloyd

Tom Rudd, 21, has just finished a four-year apprenticeship to become a shipbuilder. He signed his employment contract two days ago and has now been told his job is at risk.

He said: ‘We’ve been told the yard is closing but we don’t know about our jobs. I’m not worried, I’m in a pretty good position. There are a couple of people who didn’t know what to expect. People who’ve got mortgages and kids - it’s bad for them.’

Shipbuilder James Jackson, 45, said: ‘I think it’s absolutely disgusting, they have kept us in the dark for so long.

‘They haven’t given us a closing date for when the consultation is going to finish. It’s all up in the air.’

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