BAE Systems is cutting almost 1,800 jobs as it calls an end to more than 500 years of shipbuilding in Portsmouth. The shipyard will close by the end of 2015, with heavy job losses in the city. This is a political decision, and a bad decision.
The end of shipbuilding in Portsmouth brings the curtain down on a centuries old industry in a city that built the Tudor warship the Mary Rose.
The defence giant announced on Wednesday morning that 940 shipbuilding jobs will be lost in Portsmouth. A further 835 jobs are to go, mostly in Glasgow, but also in Rosyth near Dunfermline and Filton near Bristol. Union leaders described the plans to cut 1,775 jobs – far more than previously expected – as “a huge blow to Britain’s manufacturing and industrial base”.
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