23 November 2015
RMT Press Office
Defence review raises prospect of over 600 jobs losses and privatisation at Royal Navy lifeline the RFA.
Royal Fleet Auxiliary union RMT warned today that the Royal Navy’s supply line, the RFA, faces job reductions of over 600 as part of a 20,000 jobs cull at the MOD – along with the possibility of wholesale or part-privatisation.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT has fought off successive attempts by previous Governments to privatise the Royal Fleet Auxiliary but the Tories, as ever are threatening to go one step further and slash thousands of civilian jobs, including in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary which is the key to maintaining the UK’s international defence capability. Cutting or privatising the RFA would be a disaster for the UK’s security capacity at this dangerous time and for the future of UK merchant navy seafarers.”
“RMT will fight any programme of cuts or privatisation at the RFA if it emerges when the details are confirmed that that is what the Government are planning.”
National Secretary Steve Todd added:
“RMT needs the full details of what this Government is planning but the timing of this announcement is not encouraging. The Government consultation over their plans for the UK’s future defence strategy only closed 10th November and the public should be made fully aware of the risk to the long term security of the UK from short term, rushed decisions over defence funding. Cutting civilian support to the military, including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary which is the largest employer of civilian UK seafarers would be a terrible betrayal of the country’s long term maritime security needs.”