A note on the video below BTW, there's a few seconds of the previous news before it gets to this story.
“We know that BAE wants to keep building ships here but they haven’t been given the chance. A lot of guys are devastated, we’ve got young members with families who are wondering what the future will hold for them.”
Mr Thompson said this was the avoidable result of the Abbott Government’s mismanagement not only of this tender process, but of the entire shipbuilding industry.
It had ample opportunity to save the local industry through a fourth AWD, two navy supply ships, new frigates or the patrol boats but all these projects had been offshored, dismissed or not brought forward despite the urgent need.
AMWU delegate Jimmy Spence said: “A fourth AWD was what we hoped for. I started off building ships at age 16 in the UK, now I’m 44 and I don’t know what I’ll do,” he said.
The union was in the Fair Work Commission this week to ensure the company consults each worker fairly in selecting the 100 redundancies due from next week. Over 300 skilled trades and 500 white-collar workers and staff are set to lose their positions in the next 6-9 months. more