THE Chief Minister met Ministry of Defence (MoD) representatives of the union Unite on October 10 to discuss issues relating to the recent announcement of voluntary redundancies.
The meeting was held at Unite’s request in order to update Fabian Picardo on information being provided to the Unions and its members by the MoD.
Mr Picardo said: “As usual, I very much welcomed the opportunity to hear first-hand about the issues facing Locally Employed Civilians working in the MoD. They have long been the backbone of the United Kingdom’s ability to operate a base from Gibraltar which has both strategic and tactical value well beyond the low cost involved.
“We will work with Unite, as I already pledged to do from New York last week, to ensure that the process which the MoD is commencing is one which is respectful of the rights of workers and respectful of the long and distinguished service which so many have given in the course of the defence of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar.
“In that context, I certainly think that the MoD was right to delay any announcement as a result of the Brexit referendum result and that they are wrong to now proceed without further considering more carefully what effect Brexit could have on Gibraltar or indeed on the UK’s own long-term strategic requirements going forward.”