Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
North West; Merseyside; Wirral
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.11 - Building of ships and floating structures

68 - 98 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 April 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Merseyside based shipbuilder Cammell Laird is understood to be cutting 98 jobs from its workforce in Merseyside. The company, which employs 663 at its yard in Birkenhead, has recently completed several orders and future work is uncertain. The Unite union, which represents the Cammell Laird workers, has asked the company to extend the period of time allowed for consultation and has put proposals forward to save jobs through cuts to working hours. It is being reported however that meetings between union representatives and the company which had been scheduled have not gone ahead, and it is expected that the company will shortly proceed to handing out formal notices of redundancy.

Update 23-05-2016: Despite trade union attempts to save jobs, Cammell Laird has confirmed that it intends to press ahead with 68 compulsory redundancies at its site in Birkenhead. A joint ballot of GMB and Unite members rejected the union's proposal to take industrial action over the job losses.


  • 27 April 2016: Insider Media
  • 23 May 2016: Insider Media
  • 24 May 2016: Liverpool Echo


Eurofound (2016), Cammell Laird, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 87386, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/87386.