NEWLY ELECTED MP CALLS ON MOD TO TAKE ACTION ON ROSYTH JOBS

NEWLY ELECTED MP CALLS ON MOD TO TAKE ACTION ON ROSYTH JOBS

Newly elected MP for Dunfermline and West Fife Douglas Chapman has written to Defence Secretary Michael Fallon calling for action on reports that shipbuilders in Rosyth are losing their jobs and being excluded from employment opportunities.

Concern has also been raised about migrant workers being taken on to work longer hours for less money.

On his first day in the House of Commons, Mr Chapman has written to Michael Fallon calling on the Ministry of Defence to take urgent action to stop migrant workers being exploited and local workers missing out on employment opportunities.

Commenting, Douglas Chapman said:

“We cannot have local workers losing out on the back of the £6.2 billion UK Government defence contract to build two new aircraft carriers – and the UK Government has a duty to ensure that migrant workers are not being exploited.

“I am deeply concerned about reports that shipbuilders in Rosyth are losing their jobs and being excluded from future work opportunities. I have been equally alarmed to learn that migrant workers are being taken on to work longer hours for less pay.

“These issues need urgent investigation – and I am urging the Ministry of Defence to release the relevant sections of the aircraft carrier contract to establish whether there were workers safeguards put into these huge multi-billion pound contracts – originally signed off by Gordon Brown.”