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Workers at Harland & Wolff Cheer As they Return to Work

3rd October 2019
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Workers return to the Harland and Wolff shipyard after a buyer was found to save the Belfast shipyard. ABOVE: Campaign banner with the slogan 'Save Our Shipyard' was recently revised with insertion of the letter 'D' to reflect the current changed fortunes of the iconic shipyard located in the east of the port estate. Workers return to the Harland and Wolff shipyard after a buyer was found to save the Belfast shipyard. ABOVE: Campaign banner with the slogan 'Save Our Shipyard' was recently revised with insertion of the letter 'D' to reflect the current changed fortunes of the iconic shipyard located in the east of the port estate. Photo: Belfast Telegraph-twitter

Employees according to Belfast Telegraph, have returned to work at Harland and Wolff after the sale of the closure-threatened shipyard.

There were cheers as the remaining staff walked through the gates in Belfast at 9am.

It followed a nine-week campaign which saw a worker-led round-the-clock occupation of the historic site – where Titanic was built – after it was placed into administration over the summer.

Workers claimed victory earlier this week when it was announced that a buyer had been found.

Harland and Wolff has been bought for £6 million by InfraStrata, a London-based company that specialises in energy infrastructure projects.

Steel worker and GMB shop steward Barry Reid described Thursday morning at the shipyard gates as “the day we prayed would come”.

Click this link for further details on this development. 

Published in Belfast Lough
Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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