Saturday, 14 February 2009

Polish workers bussed in to work on ships at Cammell Laird

POLISH workers are being bussed in to work on a government contract to repair Royal Navy ships at Cammell Laird.Ship-fitting contractor Trimline today claimed it was forced to bring in European labour to work at Laird’s Bidston Docks site because there were not enough local skilled workers.

One angry Trimline worker said: “This has been a ship-building town for years and they say they can’t find local skilled workers.
“Five lads who were finished before Christmas haven’t been taken back on, but there’s a minibus of Poles coming in every morning.


Do I really need to say anything apart from this is PATHETIC!!

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  1. time to stand up and be counted ! join the resistance join the BNP

  2. Talks on Polish dockers
    Feb 14 2009 by Marc Waddington, Liverpool Echo

    CRISIS talks will be held with shipyard firms in a bid to end the row over Polish workers being drafted in to repair Royal Navy ships at Merseyside docks.

    Industry body Mersey Maritime and Wirral council have said they will try to help businesses find local workers to work on multi-million pound Ministry of Defence contracts at Cammell Laird’s Birkenhead site.

    Ship-fitting company Trimline said it has to use EU labour where there is not enough skilled staff available locally.

    However, the ECHO has learned the jobs had never been advertised through local job centres.

    The news has renewed calls for the government to meet Birkenhead MP Frank Field’s demands that work should first be sought locally through government job centres before being made available to foreign nationals.

    Mersey Maritime spokesman David Pendleton said it would be contacting the Southampton -based firm to try to help resolve the issue.

    He added: “Trimline have not approached us on this skills issue, but we will get in touch with them and work with Wirral council on this matter.

    “If there is an issue with this company finding skills locally we are more than happy to talk to them.”

  3. Talks on Polish dockers
    Feb 14 2009 by Marc Waddington, Liverpool Echo

    Following the revelation that the firm was drafting in workers from Poland, Ireland and Scotland to plug the “skills gap”, Birkenhead MP Mr Field said he would be pressing to government to make it a priority that employers looked for workers through local job centres before relying on outside labour.

    Mr Field added: “My guess is many employers are in the habit of not trying to see whether local people can do the jobs.

    “That’s forgivable if you’ve got full employment but not when there are skills available and those people have not got jobs.”

    Trimline is currently contracted by the Ministry of Defence to work on the Royal Navy ship RFA Bayleaf. Of a workforce of 28 fitting out the ship, nine are from the local area.

    A spokesman for Wirral council said it would hold talks with Trimline in the coming days.

    He added: “The resurgence of ship repair on Wirral has been excellent news and having worked hard to ensure repair facilities are retained in the borough, we are committed to ensuring local people can access jobs in the sector.

    “We have been working closely with Mersey Maritime, the Learning and Skills Council and Job Centre Plus to ensure training is available for local people.

    “The inability to recruit suitable employees has not been raised by this company with us and we will now arrange urgent discussions to determine what additional support can be provided to them

  4. Fat cat council officials double in number
    Feb 14 2009 Liverpool Echo

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    THE number of Liverpool council officials earning more than £100,000 a year has more than doubled in 12 months.

    Figures revealed under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that in 2007, 11 officers earned £100,000 plus.

    This year, 26 city executives are now on the salary – an increase of more than 100%.

    The news follows the revelation earlier this month that the number of city bosses earning more than £50,000 a year has gone up from 11 to more than 170 in a decade.

    Opposition leaders said the news would be hard to stomach for many families currently struggling to cope with the effects of the credit crunch.

    But city bosses say that four of the employees who now earn over £100,000 are headteachers, whose salaries are set by the government.

    City Labour group leader Cllr Joe Anderson added: “The only thing that is improving about Liverpool council is officers’ pay.

    “They’re increasing charges and making cuts to services.

    “At a time like this, when everyone is having to tighten their belts, officers are having their salaries increased.

    “Yet again, it’s the fat cats who get the cream.”




    We’ll get councillors voted out
    Feb 14 2009 by Kevin Core, Liverpool Echo

    POLITICIANS who backed the closure of libraries and community buildings on Wirral could be in for a fight.

    Campaigners say they will target councillors in the 2010 elections with the creation of a new political party solely focused on overturning Wirral’s Strategic Asset Review.

    On Monday, councillors backed the controversial policy which will close 11 library buildings and see a host of village halls and a leisure centre transferred to community ownership.

    A meeting organised by the TUC this week saw campaigners vow to battle those responsible at the ballot box.

    They even agreed a policy of non-violent demonstration which would see protestors attaching themselves to libraries if the bulldozers are sent in to any of the affected buildings.

    While a constitution is being agreed and policies for the new party outlined, Wirral TUC’s Alec McFadden said they were still seeking a name, and suggestions from members of the public were being welcomed.

    He said: “Fifty thousand residents signed petitions and 3,000 attended public meetings. The people of Wirral gave a resounding ‘no’ to these proposals, but these councillors said ‘yes’.

    “The new party will campaign against this cultural terrorism and our intention is to stand in the 2010 elections, when every Wirral councillor must face the public.

    “We won’t stand in every ward but we will target the people who backed this and not stand against anyone who voted against it.

    “All these politicians have done is to unite the intelligent, culturally aware people of Wirral.

    “The people behind this have guaranteed that they will not be councillors by the end of 2010.”

    Wirral council leader Steve Foulkes said the review was crucial because the creation of the metropolitan borough in 1974 had left the peninsula with a huge asset base of public buildings.

    He said increasing maintenance and energy costs would require radical choices or a much higher council tax.

    Have you got a good idea for the new party’s name?

    Suggestions are being taken at the Mersey Advice Centre on 666 1999, or email mersey

  6. where is the TUC ,TGW, Unite! I have paid my union dues for job protection and workers rites! NOT TO GIVE MY JOB TO FOREIGN LABOUR ! MC FADDEN ! You Bloody traitor! get out of that job now!YOU BLATANT COMMUNIST LIER !
    The Workers and the people lf liverpool have had enough of you! get out while the going is good!

  7. if you cannot get local thenyou should get british first ! not last BNP the only party that talkes for us