At least 200 jobs will be lost in Devon as the owners of Appledore Shipyard say they will cull the facility in March 2019. The controversial news came days after hundreds of protesters marched through Bideford against the company’s plans to shut down the facility.
Protesters also delivered an 8000 strong worded petition to Downing Street.
The UK government through the ministry of defense offered a £60million rescue package but it fell through since the government had no serious commitments from owners Babcock” International that it would keep Appledore open beyond March.
With its plans to shut the shipyard, nevertheless, Babcock says it plans to find new jobs for its over 199 staffs and that it is determined to “protect their employment within the business.”
The firm’s full statement reads: “Babcock International, the highly-skilled engineering services company, has today announced it has taken the difficult decision to exit operations at its Appledore facility in Devon, ending its site lease in March 2019.
The company therefore plans to offer relocation opportunities for all its employees at other Babcock facilities, with at least 140 of the workers currently on short-term redeployment to its Devonport operations.
According to Babcock, it very much regrets having to take the action and is aware of the serious impacts it has on its dedicated and professional workforce. The company said it plans to consult with its employees and their trade union representatives as it considers workable solutions to the problem.