Union slams ‘shrink­ing’ of Navy or­der

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY BEN GLAZE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

A UNION has blasted the down­grad­ing of an or­der for new Navy sup­port craft.

The Min­istry of Defence in­tended to com­mis­sion three Royal Fleet Aux­il­iary cargo ships to link up with our new air­craft car­ri­ers.

Min­is­ters are poised to be­tray Bri­tish work­ers by hand­ing the £ 1bil­lion con­tract to a foreign firm.

And now it has emerged in the of­fi­cial ten­der that only two ships are guar­an­teed, with a third op­tional.

GMB na­tional of­fi­cer Ross Mur­doch said it was “hugely dis­ap­point­ing”.

He added: “Not con­tent with in­sist­ing these ships are built over­seas, now the pres­sure is on to build them in the UK, they want to only build two.”

It is claimed the or­der could se­cure 6,700 jobs.

CON­CERNED Ross Mur­doch

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