Shipyard workers set for protest march through Portsmouth

DEMO ''Trade unionists hold a rally over the loss of shipbuilding jobs in Commercial Road, Portsmouth last Saturday. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133070-242)

DEMO ''Trade unionists hold a rally over the loss of shipbuilding jobs in Commercial Road, Portsmouth last Saturday. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133070-242)

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A DEMONSTRATION march through Portsmouth will take place this lunchtime against the decision to bring an end to shipbuilding by BAE in the city.

The Portsmouth Trades Council is organising the event which will start from Trafalgar Gate from noon.

It follows a demonstration held in Portsmouth City Centre last Saturday which was attended by more than 200 people.

Organiser John Woods said: ‘I think we have to keep shipbuilding and we have to keep the skills there.

‘There maybe an argument about diversification and investing in the yard to ensure that the jobs are kept.

‘We cannot afford to see skilled engineering jobs go down the river.

‘Last week’s protest was called with less than 36 hours notice. I hoping we’re going to get a bigger turnout.

‘We’re meeting at Trafalgar Gate at midday and march around the perimeter of the dockyard down to Victory Gate.

‘I know we’ve got a lot of support from the dockyard workers themselves and members of the public.’

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