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Cammell Laird ship repairers stage unofficial walk-out over redundancy plan

May 18, 2010

Cammell Laird

MORE than 100 workers at Cammell Laird ship repairers in Birkenhead staged an unofficial strike over redundancy plans.

The workers walked out at lunchtime yesterday in what appeared to be a response to management efforts to reduce the workforce following the late cancellation of a contract.

It is believed the yard wants to make up to 180 redundancies.

It is understood there is also workers’ frustration at ongoing wider official consultation over employment changes.

Lairds described the action as “extremely disappointing”.

One worker at the yard, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, said the workforce was returning at 8am today.

But he warned they would walk out again unless Cammell Laird chief executive, John Syvret agreed to resume negotiations.

He said: “The union has put all sorts of proposals on the table but they have all been thrown off.

“The consultation is not a consultation.”

The yard directly employs almost 700 staff and provides work for a similar number of sub-contractors.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced in January that the yard had won a £44m contract to build the flight deck for the Royal Navy’s largest warship.

The MOD said no changes had been made to the agreements in place with Cammell Laird.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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