After recent concerns for a Portsmouth shipbuilding yard, it has been revealed people from a partnership set up to keep the yard open in Portsmouth, will be meeting with local MPs to discuss future plans.
The partnership is hoping to take on a contract with the Portsmouth shipyard when BAE shuts next year. It is important for the partnership to emphasise there are more options than to simply just close the yard and axe jobs, however the biggest concerns will be towards the budgets in place.
The partnership is doing its best to see how it can make its proposals work. They do not want to see the shipyard simply close, and like locals in Portsmouth, want to keep as many jobs as possible.
It has been questioned just how much BAE closing will have a knock on effect on others. This stems from their own employees right through to those in their wider network. It is important that all options are considered prior to BAE’s closure, to ensure as many jobs are protected and the shipyard has support behind it. However, it has also been argued that despite jobs being axed from Portsmouth’s shipyard, there are still over 10,000 people who still have a job at the naval base.
There are tough and uncertain times ahead for the shipyard, but lets hope these recent proposals provide a positive outcome for all.