Liverpool’s Tea Street Band will be bringing their country-wide ‘Frequency’ to New Brighton on Friday 7 December to host a benefit gig in support of Cammell Laird ship workers who are on strike in defence of their jobs.Tickets for the gig at the Marine Street Social, Kings Parade, Marine Point, New Brighton (CH45 2PB), are available free via Skiddle with all donations on the door going to the Cammell Laird strike fund.

The gig comes amid growing support across Merseyside and the Wirral for Cammell Laird workers who are currently involved in a series of rolling strikes as part of a 10 week programme of industrial action over plans to slash the workforce by 40 per cent.

Workers are angry over Cammell Laird’s ‘unnecessary’ job cuts which will see 291 jobs axed by March 2019, despite the shipyard recently winning two contracts worth a total of £619 million to support and maintain ships for the Royal Navy.

Unite regional officer Ross Quinn said: “It’s great to have Tea Street Band on board with our campaign supporting workers and their families at Cammell Laird during this difficult time. They’re showing true ‘scouse solidarity’ by donating any money raised on the evening to help our members.

“Our members are taking a stand in defence of their jobs and livelihoods because these redundancies are unnecessary.

“The outpouring of support has been tremendous and shows that they are not on their own in this fight to save jobs and the future of this shipyard.

“Let’s make sure we get a great turnout for our members on the night.”

Director of the Marine Street Social Carl Thomas said: “When we were approached to host this event it was a no-brainer for us, and the lads in Tea Street Band jumped at the chance to take part.

“Everyone knows someone who works in the yard and this cause means a lot to a lot of people on Merseyside. It's going to be a great night, in aid of a great cause, and what's more tickets are free!

“We encourage as many people to come along and get behind the shipbuilders.”

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For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.