Breakthrough as government caves in with £35 million extra funding offer

Reid Airlie

 

The government, stung by the level of support for the UCS workers and with a wider eye on their getting their Industrial Relations Bill through parliament, had long realised the need to end the dispute having failed to split the workers with their two-yard solution. They had already privately acknowledged the need to end the fight regardless.

On the 14 February, talks agree to new funding for the Govan, Linthouse, and Scotstoun yards.

With assurances over this and a government commitment to give its full co-operation and support in trying to bring Marathon to Clydebank. The outcome of this meeting convinced the shop stewards that they could now agree to early negotiations with the new Govan Shipbuilders.

By the end of the February, the government has fully capitulated and Industry Secretary, John Davies, announces £35 million injection to Govan Shipbuilders.

Both outcomes convinced the shop stewards that they could now agree to early negotiations with the new Govan Shipbuilders.

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