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Tuesday, 4 December, 2001, 17:26 GMT
Dockyard unions fear job losses
Devonport Dockyard
About 2,000 workers are employed by the MoD
Union meetings are being held at a Plymouth dockyard over fears of job losses.

A government review could mean 600 workers losing their Ministry of Defence (MoD) posts at Devonport Dockyard.

High on the agenda is news that any announcement on a government review of warships maintenance and support has been delayed until January.

More than 1,000 workers attended the meetings on Tuesday.

Warship maintenance

About 2,000 dockyard workers are not employed by Devonport Management Limited (DML), but by the Ministry of Defence.

They carry out routine maintenance of warships.

The unions claim a government review of these support staff could see 580 of those posts being privatised.

The MoD says the review aims to address the overcapacity of warship repair and maintenance.

It insists nothing has been decided.


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