Harland & Wolff Community Grant

Our Director, Ian Waddell, was proud to present a cheque for £10,000 to the Harland & Wolff Benevolent Fund recently.  Workers at the iconic shipyard in Belfast which built the Titanic faced extreme hardship when their company went into administration in August.  Normally, this would result in the redundancy of all workers, but led by their trade union reps, the Harland & Wolff workers refused to accept redundancy notices and occupied the shipyard to stop the sale of vital equipment.  After nine weeks, a new buyer was found for the yard and the jobs were saved.

Ian Waddell, Director of the Alex Ferry Foundation, said

“The Alex Ferry Foundation was proud to offer support to workers and their families at Harland & Wolff.  Working with the H&W Benevolent Fund, we have been able to deal with genuine hardship caused by the company going into administration.  If we have played even a small part in saving an iconic shipbuilding site, then we can be proud of that, but the real credit must go to the workers and their union leaders who refused to accept closure and fought to re-open their yard.”