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Unite the Union

January 22, 2008 11:00 ET

UK SHIPBUILDING: Statement on the Building of Future Aircraft Carriers and the (MARS) Programme

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2008) - Further to a meeting held today (22nd January 2008) in London between senior stewards of the UK shipyards and the national officers of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU). Recent concerns following speculation with regards to the building of the future aircraft carriers (CVF) have been allayed by the statements in the House of Commons from the Minister on the 7th and 21st January 2008. That there is no delay to the building of the future carriers.

The CSEU negotiating committee reaffirmed its position, agreed with UK government that the future Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability programme would be used as infill work to smooth out the peaks and troughs of the carrier and other programmes currently underway in the UK Shipbuilding Industry. The remainder of the MARS vessels post carrier would sustain the workload for the industry going forward.

John Wall, general secretary of the CSEU says,

"Given the intensity of recent speculation we had a frank and passionate meeting today between people who have dedicated their life to shipbuilding. We are convinced that we have an order book from this government which promises a real future for UK shipyard workers. We have to grasp that once in a life time opportunity."

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