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Rennie: More work needed to end large scale loss of workers

November 28, 2017 3:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the news that Rosyth aircraft carrier alliance will be reducing the number of people employed by 250, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie said:

"Even though we knew this day would come it does not make it any easier. Building the biggest warships ever for the Royal Navy has been an enormous challenge and not without its difficulties but the workforce has equipped themselves incredibly well. This will be an opportunity for some to move onto new challenges using the skills and knowledge they have developed working for Babcock. For others their role in the success of Babcock will continue as they find other positions in the company.

"The boom and bust approach in the warship building sector is expensive and wasteful of skills and expertise. Although a lot of work was done to smooth out the peaks and troughs of employment for the Carriers the government must work even harder to prevent the large scale loss of skilled workers in the future."