British engineering and naval shipbuilding group Babcock International is to cut around 150 jobs at its Rosyth shipyard on the Firth of Forth, according to an announcement made on 7 February.
The move, which the company said was aimed at reducing the size of its workforce in anticipation of the completion of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier programme, follows the loss of 250 and 150 jobs at the Scottish shipyard in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Babcock is also due to end the lease on its naval facility at Appledore in southwest England in March.
Responding to news of the redundancies, Steve Turner, assistant general secretary for manufacturing at the Unite union, which represents Rosyth workers, said “The fear is that these job losses at Rosyth could turn into a flood and [that] the industry [is] left with a yawning skills gap unless the UK government starts supporting UK Plc by delivering on a shipbuilding strategy that guarantees the Royal Navy’s new auxiliary ships are block built in UK shipyards using British steel, in addition to bringing forward work on the Type 31e frigate for export around the globe".
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