Rosyth unions to meet with BAE bosses

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UNIONS representing shipyard workers at Rosyth and on the Clyde will meet BAE Systems management next week in a bid to minimise job losses.

The defence giant announced yesterday it was ending shipbuilding at Portsmouth and cutting more than 800 jobs in Scotland. No details have been given about how many jobs face the axe at each site.

Orkney and Shetland MAlistair Carmichael. Pic: PA

Orkney and Shetland MAlistair Carmichael. Pic: PA

Union leaders said they would try to save as many jobs as possible. Hugh Scullion, of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions, said: “Getting an agreement which avoids the need for compulsory redundancies will be central to our discussions.”

Meanwhile, the decision to give the contract for Type 26 Global Combat ships to Glasgow rather than Portsmouth was being seen as an attempt to influence next year’s independence referendum.

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said it was “difficult to see” how lucrative contracts could be given to Scotland in future if Scots vote Yes to independence.