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GMB Recognition At Historic Lower Clyde Shipyard

Friday, December 9, 2016

GMB Scotland Welcomes The Return Of Trade Union Recognition At Historic Lower Clyde Shipyard

GMB Scotland has welcomed the return of full joint trade union recognition at Port Glasgow shipbuilders Ferguson Marine Engineering Limited.

The new agreement will provide comprehensive collective bargaining and trade union rights at the historic yard.

Trade unions had been in negotiations in recent months with the firm’s owners and a full recognition and procedural agreement was reached at ACAS last month.

GMB Scotland Organiser and CSEU Scottish Chair, Gary Cook said: “The workers’’ future looks brighter and more secure than it has ever done and they now have the benefit of a comprehensive recognition agreement providing full engagement with the employer on issues like pay, pensions, training and resolution.

The administration of the old company in 2014 was a devastating blow to this proud workforce and to Inverclyde but the shipyard has risen from the ashes and transformed its fortunes under the ownership of Clyde Blowers Capital – it’s been a remarkable turnaround.

Organised trade unionism has been pivotal to the achievements, history and tradition of shipbuilding on the Clyde and we are absolutely delighted this will continue well into the 21st century at Port Glasgow with our members’ interests at the heart of the business.”

Ferguson Marine’s Managing Director Liam Campbell added: “We are very happy to have reached an agreement with the joint trade unions, GMB Scotland and Unite. Our workers are our greatest asset and they are crucial to our success.

We look forward to working with the unions to continue supporting our vision to provide the local shipbuilding community in Port Glasgow with a sustainable future.”


Contact: GMB Scotland Organiser and CSEU Scottish Chair Gary Cook on 07712 677594.