The UK government has said that the crisis at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast is “ultimately a commercial issue”.
That’s an abdication of responsibility, they should be stepping in to save the shipyard.
Trade Union speakers were stinging in their criticism of the Stormont executive as it has no clear industrial strategy. Not only is this a fight to save the jobs at H&W but the threat to jobs at Bombardier and Wrightbus.
These are high paid highly skilled jobs and much needed to the economy, if the jobs go then it will represent a major blow to the manufacturing industry in Northern Ireland, something that could be lost forever.
With Boris Johnson arriving in Northern Ireland tomorrow, he and his new SOS must make it a priority to safeguard the jobs.
Government also needs to ensure, going forward, that they will work quickly to form a strategy for manufacturing in Northern Ireland. UKIP holds the view that by granting MoD Contracts to build new Royal Navy ships to Harland & Wolff, this would help secure the company’s future and the long term future of the jobs in the shipyard
Brian Higginson UKIP attended the protest rally to save Harland & Wolff yesterday, and was delighted at the good turnout for the rally in support of the shipyard workers.