Laird threatening staff with dismissal for talking to press about redundancies

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Unite and GMB workers are staging a rolling strike and picket outside the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead after the company announced plans to make almost three hundred staff redundant shortly after winning a new £619 million project. Union members voted overwhelmingly for industrial action.

A document has emerged showing that the company has threatened staff with dismissal if they talk to the media about the redundancies:

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…if you do receive any media or client enquires related to the redundancy process, etc you must not answer these yourself. Please direct these to Mike Hill, Cammell Laird Operations Director. Anyone found talking to the press unofficially, or posting anything relating to this process on any social media site, will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal for gross misconduct.

In spite of this restriction, the strike, which began in earnest only yesterday, is already having an effect. More details to follow.

The SKWAWKBOX contacted Cammell Laird for comment last week, but the press office was not available.

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  1. Before employment tribunals were legislated virtually out of existence such a clause might have been argued to be evidence of constructive dismissal.
    Attempting to suppress dissent – and being allowed by law to do so – shows almost how far the neoliberals are willing to go to bring back the good old days of feudalism.

    ‘Almost’ because the long streak of Brylcreemed Eton piss keeps the Alt-right’s full manifesto under lock and key.

  2. I understand that ‘last in first out’ can no longer be applied without other factors (eg youth) being given weight, but it appears longevity of employment doesn’t count at all.

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