Hundreds join protest march over closure of BAE Systems shipyard in Portsmouth

Daily Echo: Hundreds join protest march over shipyard closure Hundreds join protest march over shipyard closure

HUNDREDS of people joined a march and rally today to protest against the closure of a Hampshire shipyard.

Workers and supporters filled the square outside Victoria Gate in Portsmouth to vent their anger over job losses announced last month by defence giant BAE Systems.

More than 900 jobs will be lost, although the yard will retain repairs and maintenance work.

Of these jobs are about 300 people from the Southampton area who worked the Vosper Thornycroft yard before it shut and moved to Portsmouth in 2003.

Unite national officer Ian Waddell said although he expected the cuts would be final, unions wanted to send a clear message to the Government that shipbuilding jobs in Portsmouth and surrounding areas like Southampton needed to be protected.

“It'd be a devastating blow if this industry was to go,” he said.

“It'd be the end of 500 years of maritime history in this area.

“There were people in the crowd today who had the indenture papers of their fathers and their grandfathers - these are really jobs that have been handed down through the generations.”

Mr Waddell said he could understand why BAE needed to let staff go, given the lack of Ministry of Defence work would be insufficient to sustain the amount of shipyards the region had.

“But what we are confident about is there are a whole array of complex ships and vessels that need to be built in the commercial sector,” he said.

“There's a market for that and that's exactly the sort of work that could be done out of Portsmouth if the right conditions were created.”

Mr Waddell said job losses would not only affect shipyard workers.

“We were calling on the communities of Portsmouth, Southampton and the whole south coast to support the workers in the shipyard because for every one job that's lost here, it has a knock-on effect in the rest of the community - in pubs, in shops and restaurants,'' he said.

“This really is about the south coast fighting to save the shipping industry.”

The cuts come as about 830 jobs will also be lost at yards in Govan and Scotstoun, on the River Clyde in Glasgow, at Rosyth in Fife, and BAE's Filton office, near Bristol, as a result of a drop in work after the end of aircraft carrier work.

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4:13pm Sat 14 Dec 13

mickey01 says...

waste of time hope you found the brick wall you wanted to talk to
waste of time hope you found the brick wall you wanted to talk to mickey01

5:58pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Shoong says...

mickey01 wrote:
waste of time hope you found the brick wall you wanted to talk to
Even as a non-union man I wouldn't like to say it's a waste of time, we are fortunate to live in a democratic country that allows you to voice your dissatisfaction.

Of course, there is a certain hardcore that it has been made quite clear too that they are not welcome and would soon make protests illegal if it was up to them.

Although of course, no amount of protesting is going to re-open the facility.

Is Mr Waddell coming along? If so, I'm sure out of a moral sense of empathy toward his Unite he'll be staying in a cheap B&B rather than a swanky hotel outside of the city...
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: waste of time hope you found the brick wall you wanted to talk to[/p][/quote]Even as a non-union man I wouldn't like to say it's a waste of time, we are fortunate to live in a democratic country that allows you to voice your dissatisfaction. Of course, there is a certain hardcore that it has been made quite clear too that they are not welcome and would soon make protests illegal if it was up to them. Although of course, no amount of protesting is going to re-open the facility. Is Mr Waddell coming along? If so, I'm sure out of a moral sense of empathy toward his Unite he'll be staying in a cheap B&B rather than a swanky hotel outside of the city... Shoong

3:09am Sun 15 Dec 13

stay local says...

I realise why Southy was not supporting the workers. It would simply breach one of the main policies of the TUSC
from the TUSC web site
Solidarity not war

● Bring home all British troops from Afghanistan immediately - no more wars for resources.

● No more spending on a new generation of nuclear weapons, huge aircraft carriers or irrelevant eurofighters - convert arms spending into socially useful products and services.

● An independent foreign policy, based on international solidarity – no more being a US poodle, no moves towards a capitalist, militarist United States of Europe, no Lisbon Treaty.

For Southy's excuse that he 'had something important to do see yesterdays echo
southy says...

Shoong wrote:

southy wrote:

Shoong wrote:

southy wrote:
Good luck guys

So you're not going to support your brothers then?

I don't need to be there to support them, I got other tasks to do.

Because you care so much.

Other tasks?

B******s!

You just don't know do you, and yes I do have other tasks, and if you ask Nick he will tell you i do have other tasks.

Was the other task you had to do to leave the workers out to dry?
I realise why Southy was not supporting the workers. It would simply breach one of the main policies of the TUSC from the TUSC web site Solidarity not war ● Bring home all British troops from Afghanistan immediately - no more wars for resources. ● No more spending on a new generation of nuclear weapons, huge aircraft carriers or irrelevant eurofighters - convert arms spending into socially useful products and services. ● An independent foreign policy, based on international solidarity – no more being a US poodle, no moves towards a capitalist, militarist United States of Europe, no Lisbon Treaty. For Southy's excuse that he 'had something important to do see yesterdays echo southy says... Shoong wrote: southy wrote: Shoong wrote: southy wrote: Good luck guys So you're not going to support your brothers then? I don't need to be there to support them, I got other tasks to do. Because you care so much. Other tasks? B******s! You just don't know do you, and yes I do have other tasks, and if you ask Nick he will tell you i do have other tasks. Was the other task you had to do to leave the workers out to dry? stay local

12:33pm Mon 16 Dec 13

southy says...

stay local wrote:
I realise why Southy was not supporting the workers. It would simply breach one of the main policies of the TUSC
from the TUSC web site
Solidarity not war

● Bring home all British troops from Afghanistan immediately - no more wars for resources.

● No more spending on a new generation of nuclear weapons, huge aircraft carriers or irrelevant eurofighters - convert arms spending into socially useful products and services.

● An independent foreign policy, based on international solidarity – no more being a US poodle, no moves towards a capitalist, militarist United States of Europe, no Lisbon Treaty.

For Southy's excuse that he 'had something important to do see yesterdays echo
southy says...

Shoong wrote:

southy wrote:

Shoong wrote:

southy wrote:
Good luck guys

So you're not going to support your brothers then?

I don't need to be there to support them, I got other tasks to do.

Because you care so much.

Other tasks?

B******s!

You just don't know do you, and yes I do have other tasks, and if you ask Nick he will tell you i do have other tasks.

Was the other task you had to do to leave the workers out to dry?
No that is some thing you would do its in your personal nature to do so, the only person you care about is your self and never others
[quote][p][bold]stay local[/bold] wrote: I realise why Southy was not supporting the workers. It would simply breach one of the main policies of the TUSC from the TUSC web site Solidarity not war ● Bring home all British troops from Afghanistan immediately - no more wars for resources. ● No more spending on a new generation of nuclear weapons, huge aircraft carriers or irrelevant eurofighters - convert arms spending into socially useful products and services. ● An independent foreign policy, based on international solidarity – no more being a US poodle, no moves towards a capitalist, militarist United States of Europe, no Lisbon Treaty. For Southy's excuse that he 'had something important to do see yesterdays echo southy says... Shoong wrote: southy wrote: Shoong wrote: southy wrote: Good luck guys So you're not going to support your brothers then? I don't need to be there to support them, I got other tasks to do. Because you care so much. Other tasks? B******s! You just don't know do you, and yes I do have other tasks, and if you ask Nick he will tell you i do have other tasks. Was the other task you had to do to leave the workers out to dry?[/p][/quote]No that is some thing you would do its in your personal nature to do so, the only person you care about is your self and never others southy

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