Wednesday, 27 April 2016 05:13

SNP demand no redundancies at BAE

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 SNP candidates representing the BAE shipyards at Govan and Scotstoun today demanded the UK Government and the Tories provide a guarantee of no redundancies to workers at the yard.

 Bill Kidd and Humza Yousaf met trade union representatives with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, ahead of a number of SNP MPs raising their concerns with the defence minister in the commons.

 The UK Government repeatedly failed to lift the threat of redundancies, despite repeated questions from SNP MPs.

 Bill Kidd, Anniesland candidate who represented the Scotstoun in the last Scottish Parliament said:

 “Clear promises were made to workers on the Clyde that they would have a steady stream of work and more jobs, not fewer.

 “The Tories in parliament and the Tory leader in Scotland both failed to answer the key question yesterday.  Will they guarantee that there will be no more redundancies at the Clyde yards.

 “With real concerns being raised about the timing of the frigates, the availability of other work and the review of ship building workers deserve a clear and unequivocal commitment that there will be no redundancies on the Clyde.

 Humza Yousaf, the SNP candidate for Pollok where the Govan yards are located added:

 “The workforce on the Clyde is second to none and it should be respected.

 “Instead of rumours workers deserve clear answers.

 “The Ministry of Defence dodged the question yesterday and Labour seemed more interested in re-fighting the referendum than making the case for the workforce.
 “There are real fears that the review of shipbuilding is simply a Treasury plan to cut back spending at the shipyards on the Clyde.

 “The Tories must confirm that there will be no job losses on the Clyde.”