The Confederation of Shipbuilding & Engineering Unions

Foreign firms could build new naval ships.

4 August 2020 / Campaign | News

Foreign companies are being invited to take part in early plans to build new ships to support the Royal Navy

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Ian Waddell, general secretary of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU), said: “We were told repeatedly by government that there had to be an international competition to build these ships because of EU state aid rules. Well, we’ve left the EU so why are international suppliers being invited to tender for this project?

FSS could also be used to help stimulate the UK economy, with state-funded projects being directed to British industry, the CSEU said. Mr Waddell added: “Last month the Prime Minister issued an urgent call for ‘shovel-ready’ projects to help the economy recover from the damage wreaked by the coronavirus lockdown – and FSS is a perfect example.