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Len McCluskey wins backing of Barrow Shipyard workers in general secretary election campaign

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[U]nite the union members at the Barrow shipyards in Cumbria who build the UK’s nuclear submarines – Successor and Astute class – have voted overwhelmingly to support Len McCluskey in the election for general secretary of the biggest union in Britain and Ireland.

Unite shipyard workers nominated Len McCluskey after he pledged his full support and determination to get a better deal for members and secure a future for those working in the UK’s defence industries. Unite has 4,500 members employed in Barrow in the defence industry.

He spoke to members and reps at the Barrow-in-Furness site last month, saying that he would defend their jobs and communities against the threat of Britain leaving the European single market, hard Brexit and the government’s failure to plan responsibly for the future of the shipbuilding and submarine building industry.

Len McCluskey already has over 570 nominations from Unite branches in manufacturing and in every sector and region of Unite.

Len McCluskey said: “I am honoured to have received the nomination of Unite members in Barrow. The support of our members demonstrates that my determination to defend workers’ jobs, conditions and communities in the defence industry and to make the government commit to an industrial strategy that keeps UK defence spending in Britain – this is what matters to them most.”

Azza Samms Unite’s convenor at Barrow said: “Unite members here nominated Len because he has supported them and our defence industry even when politicians’ arguments over the renewal of submarines and the government’s nuclear policy left them facing uncertainty about their futures, their jobs, skills and our communities. Len has been there when our members needed him and has set out a clear vision for the future of their sector.”

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