Unions step up bid to stop shipbuilding work leaving Portsmouth

PROTEST Demonstrators march through Portsmouth in November
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UNIONS will hold another march against the decision to end shipbuilding in Portsmouth.

The Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU), comprising of Unite, GMB, UCATT and Prospect, will call on BAE Systems and the government on Saturday to stop work moving to the Clyde, in Scotland.

Workers will meet at Victory Gate at 11am and march to Guildhall Square an hour later before holding a rally there.

Unions say that the Ministry of Defence should work with them and the defence giant to find ways of generating opportunities that would save jobs and skills.

Speakers at the rally will include: Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council, John Denham MP, Hugh Scullion CSEU general secretary, Dave Hulse, GMB national officer and John Ferrett, negotiations officer for Prospect.

As previously reported, the fight is on to save as many of the 1,775 jobs that are under threat, following the announcement in November by BAE Systems to end 500 years of shipbuilding history in Portsmouth.

It comes after hundreds of workers and union officials walked around Portsmouth Naval Base with banners, drums and whistles against the decision last month.

A protest was also staged outside Portsmouth Guildhall ahead of Question Time, when it was filmed there last month.