Marconi makes job cuts at Scottish yards

Marconi Marine is to make 150 managers redundant at its naval shipyards at Barrow-in-Furness and Scotstoun, near Glasgow, while it temporarily transfers 74 workers from its newly acquired Govan yard to the sites. The move follows the merger of the managements at Barrow and Scotstoun earlier this year and a subsequent drive to reduce duplication. […]

Marconi Marine is to make 150 managers redundant at its naval shipyards at Barrow-in-Furness and Scotstoun, near Glasgow, while it temporarily transfers 74 workers from its newly acquired Govan yard to the sites.

The move follows the merger of the managements at Barrow and Scotstoun earlier this year and a subsequent drive to reduce duplication.

Barrow will lose 100 jobs and Scotstoun – formerly Yarrow – the other 50. Barrow employs 4,500 and Scotstoun 2,000.

Marconi said the cutbacks are not related to its £2.25m purchase of the Govan yard from Kvaerner, although Govan will take over some of Barrow’s work.

The Govan deal will not be finalised until later this month, but Marconi said the former Kvaerner yard has already gained work from a tightening of deadlines from the Ministry of Defence.

The hull of one of the two auxillary vessels will now be built at Govan, and fabrication work on some assault ship sections – which had previously been earmarked for competitive subcontract – has also now been given to Govan.

The 74 workers transferred `temporarily’ from Govan to Barrow and Scotstoun comprise 50 steelworkers, 14 pipe workers and 10 mechanics.