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Overview: Defence

Overview: Defence

Defence Secretary urged to intervene as strikes restart at munitions complex Wednesday, October 4, 2023

The Defence Secretary has been urged to intervene to end a strike at a defence depot after suggesting the missiles built there could win the war for Ukraine.

DES Beith Picket Line August 2023

Workers at UK plant that makes missiles for Ukraine to strike over pay | Industrial action | The Guardian - Thursday 7 September 2023

Nearly 50 GMB members at the Ayrshire weapons factory will stop work from Monday as union chiefs accuse MoD of holding talks ‘in bad faith’


Our defence sector supports tens of thousands of highly skilled and high value jobs including shipbuilding on the Upper Clyde and Rosyth. It is one of the few areas of manufacturing growth and generates prosperity that underpins many working-class communities . GMB Scotland is campaigning for the delivery of essential royal navy contracts to our shipyards and for the continuation of existing jobs and skills dependent on Ministry of Defence (MoD) investment.

Keep up to date on all the campaign news here.

Additional Resources

The Defence Industry In Scotland

download pdf674Kb (pdf) - 19 October 2016

A Report For GMB Scotland By The Fraser Allander Institute - July 2016