The Purpose of the MOD is to provide employment in the Labour Heartlands
SHIPYARD workers at Rosyth are preparing for strike action, just three days after the Strategic Defence Review spared them from the axe.
It is anticipated a walk-out will take place at the Fife yard next week, with a full strike to follow in a row over pay.
Workers agreed to remain silent about the planned action until after Tuesday's defence spending announcement.
Taxpayers will have to pick up the £2.6 billion bill for the controversial aircraft carrier that will never carry jets because Gordon Brown agreed an “unbreakable” contract designed to protect shipbuilding jobs in Scotland.
When the coalition looked at axing one of the carriers to save money, BAE responded that the Government would still have to pay shipworkers to do nothing for the remaining 12 years of the deal.
The Prime Minister said earlier this week that the decision to go ahead with the second carrier had been the hardest of the spending review. He blamed an “appalling legacy” left by the previous Government and said that taxpayers had “every right to be angry about it”.
A spokesman for Mr Brown said that he could not comment on “MoD decisions made under the last Government”.