Cuts fail to foil Govan

Workers at Kvaerner Govan remain optimistic about the yard’s future under its new owner GEC Marconi Marine, despite the announcement of 97 redundancies following the summer shut-down. A Kvaerner spokesman said the cuts had been made in close consultation with Marconi Marine and would ensure that most of Govan’s workforce was retained. The yard now […]

Workers at Kvaerner Govan remain optimistic about the yard’s future under its new owner GEC Marconi Marine, despite the announcement of 97 redundancies following the summer shut-down.

A Kvaerner spokesman said the cuts had been made in close consultation with Marconi Marine and would ensure that most of Govan’s workforce was retained. The yard now employs just under 700.

GMB spokesman Jim McFall said: `We can live with the high number of cuts and hope to re-employ people as work picks up.’

Work has already begun on an oil replenishment vessel for the Royal Auxiliary Fleet, transferred from Marconi’s Barrow yard.

Further work from Marconi will keep the yard busy at least until the autumn, when a decision will be made on a £240m Ministry of Defence contract for six troop ferries.

Govan is on the shortlist for the contract along with two other consortia.