Mundell ignoring the plight of Rosyth workers

Lesley Laird MP has blasted David Mundell for ignoring the plight of around 2,000 workers at Rosyth in fear for their jobs.

The Scottish Shadow Secretary was the first politician to take up an invite from Unite, GMB and Prospect to hear joint trade union concerns about the yard’s future.

Following the successful completion of HMS Queen Elizabeth last year, Babcock shed 400 workers and the losses are expected to accelerate as the yard moves towards completion of sister ship HMS Prince of Wales next year.

The Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU) is attempting to overturn the UK Government’s decision to open the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) and Fleet Solid support (FSS) ships contracts to international tender.

Lesley Laird MP, Scottish Shadow Secretary, said: “The joint trade unions recently wrote to David Mundell expressing grave concerns about the prospect of the upcoming £1 billion Fleet Solid Support ships (FSS) contract going to international tender.

“The fact that the Scottish Secretary hasn’t responded is absolutely shocking and speaks volumes about where this Government’s priorities lie.

“Rosyth has a highly-skilled, well-paid local workforce, boosting our economy and ensuring money flows back into local businesses and shops.

“The UK boasts a world-leading Defence Industry and the Government should be doing everything it can to ensure its survival.

“Instead the Tories are hell-bent on awarding the job to the cheapest bidder. It’s a travesty.”