At last there is some light at the end of the tunnel for these embattled Harland and Wolff workers, says GMB Union

A deal struck by unions will safeguard all jobs at iconic Harland and Wolff shipyard.

More than 100 workers have occupied the Belfast site 24-hours a day for almost three weeks as part of GMB’s campaign to save the famous Titanic yard.

The shipyard went into administration last week after its troubled Norwegian parent company, Dolphin Drilling, failed to find a buyer.

Harland and Wolff

Administrators BDO today announced an extension of a temporary unpaid lay-off of the workforce to facilitate ongoing “positive discussions” with would-be buyers.

The deal struck by GMB alongside Unite means when a buyer is found, the jobs will be transferred to the new owner under existing terms and conditions.

GMB said the unions had done what government failed to do by underwriting the security of employment of this workforce.

Denise Walker, GMB Senior Organiser, said:

“At last there is some light at the end of the tunnel for these embattled Harland and Wolff workers.

“By underwriting the security of employment of this workforce, our unions have done what government had utterly failed to do.

“They are still not getting paid, but at least they know their jobs – on existing terms and conditions – will be safe when a buyer is found.

“And we are confident a buyer will be found.

“This is a testament to the workers’ bravery and tenacity in occupying the yard non-stop for nearly three weeks.”

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