As it happened - BAE shipyard job cuts

Key points

  • BAE Systems announces that it is to cut 1,775 job cuts, 940 of them at its shipyard in Portsmouth, and will consult with unions next week
  • The other 835 job losses will be spread across Glasgow, Rosyth in Fife, and Filton, Gloucestershire
  • Naval shipbuilding will end at Portsmouth but the shipyard will stay open with remaining staff focusing on repairs and maintenance work.

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Reporting:

  • Alex Kleiderman 
  • John Hand 
  • Victoria Park 
  • Steve Brocklehurst 

Last updated 6 November 2013

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Hundreds of workers are waiting to hear about the future of their jobs after news that defence company BAE Systems is to announce cuts at three UK shipyards. We will be keeping you up to date with the latest news and reaction.

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The yards - at Govan and Scotstoun on the Clyde, and in Portsmouth - have been under review for almost a year. It is now thought that Govan will be saved.

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BBC political editor Nick Robinson says although shipbuilding will stop at Portsmouth it will not mean the closure of the shipyard, which currently employs 1,200 people. It is expected that some of them will still be employed working on ship repair and maintenance.

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The government is thought likely to announce a package of measures to mitigate job losses, including a "city deal", says the BBC's political editor.

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After BAE details the changes to its workers, there will be a statement from Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, due at 12.30 GMT.

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The job losses are expected to result from a reduction in work following the completion of two Royal Navy aircraft carriers.

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Some of the jobs being lost may be offset by a contract to build the new Type 26 Global Combat Ship. But BAE Systems has yet to announce which of its UK shipyards will be chosen to carry out the work.

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The leader of Portsmouth Council, Gerald Vernon-Jackson, has questioned why a decision is being taken before the referendum on Scottish independence next year.

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He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Portsmouth is the last place in England that has the ability to build advanced warships for the Royal Navy and I'm very concerned that with a potential independence vote in Scotland, if Portsmouth shipbuilding is shut down, what would remain of the UK would have no ability to build advanced warships."

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BBC Radio 5 live's Your Call is currently on air talking specifically about the shipyard cuts. If people are affected or want to talk about the move they can call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live. You can listen online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/5live

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