Defence workers march to save jobs

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DEFENCE workers from across Britain lobbied Parliament yesterday in a last-ditch attempt to prevent sweeping job losses.

About 200 civilian workers from threatened bases travelled to London as part of a union campaign to persuade the Government not to press ahead with the defence cuts.

An announcement on Thursday is expected to axe up to 20,000 defence jobs, including the closure of Rosyth naval base in Fife with the loss of 1,200 direct jobs and thousands of others dependent on the base.

The workers marched from the Transport and general Workers' Union headquarters to Westminster.

Unions will hand in a protest letter to No. 10 Downing Street today claiming that the Government is breaking a promise if it closes Rosyth.