Defence Diversification

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Conference fully supports the motion on Diversification that came from the 2017 Trades Council Conference and was later adopted at the 2017 TUC Congress and which recognised the importance of the ‘Lucas Plan’ developed 40 years ago.

Conference supports development of this policy specifically in the setting up of a Defence Diversification Agency
Conference notes the shrinking of the defence industry over the last 40 years and the possibility of this continuing, enhancing the need for diversification
Conference urges the TUC and affected trade unions, trades councils, local authorities and worker representatives to work together to protect employment and pay levels of workers in the defence industries and to identify the workers’ needs and develop suitable plans
Conference urges TUC action on the above and commits UNITE to working alongside the Labour Party in drafting such a diversification policy.