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Unions call on Scottish Government to save Ferguson’s Shipyard in Glasgow

After the shock news at the end of last week, Car Hire Glasgow Airport staff are concerned for the security of jobs lost at the shipyard.

The Scottish Government has been urged by Unions to step in and keep the doors open at Ferguson’s Shipyard in Glasgow. The whole of Inverclyde was rocked on Friday when it was revealed that administrators had been called in at the Newark yard and 70 jobs had been lost. Union chiefs quickly called on the Scottish Government to intervene just like it did when it took over ailing PrestwickAirport late last year.

Senior officials at the GMB and Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU) also launched a stinging attack on ministers, who said they’d been unaware of the impending closure.

Jim Moohan, GMB Scotland senior organiser and chair of CSEU, said “This is the last remaining commercial shipbuilding yard in Scotland. It has now locked its doors to the workforce. Unless the Scottish Government intervenes this puts the final key in the door of commercial shipbuilding with a history of several hundred years in Scotland. Not to intervene will be an utter betrayal by the Scottish Government and the First Minister, Alex Salmond. Both he and the government are well aware of the precarious cliff edge position that the yard was facing and have done nothing to help so far.”

Finance minister John Swinney is due in Port Glasgow today to discuss the future of the yard. He says “The loss of any jobs in Port Glasgow is a devastating blow and we will work closely with the administrator to deliver an integrated service to those losing their jobs. We will also convene a taskforce which will aim to secure new opportunities for this commercial shipyard on the Clyde. I have spoken to the leader of the council and we have agreed to work together on the taskforce to secure these opportunities. I will visit Port Glasgow today to start this process.”