Scrapping Trident would place skilled manufacturing jobs in the North East in jeopardy, unions say, and replacing those roles would be a “herculean task”.
The criticism from GMB’s regional organiser for the North, Chris Jukes, is levelled at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and other MPs who say the country should not spend the £100bn needed over the next 25 years on a new nuclear deterrent.
The party is currently committed to renewing Trident but Mr Corbyn wants to change policy and see “conventional” defence equipment funded while an investment strategy would ensure skilled jobs are provided.
The GMB, however, says this approach is not realistic and countless jobs in the region would be thrown into doubt.
Mr Jukes said: “The supply chain stretches across the length and breadth of the UK in many constituencies. “The reality is it would take a herculean task to finish Trident work on one day and start up other equivalent civilian work, even if funded by Government, the next day. Life just does not work like that.”
Source: The Chronicle Live