Unite, one of the largest unions in Wales, has described the news that Rowecord has gone into administration as both ‘disappointing and devastating’.
Unite Wales Regional Coordinating Officer, Bryan Godsell said:
“It goes without saying that the confirmation that Rowecord is being put in administration is both bad news for those who work there and the wider Welsh engineering and construction sector.
Our members are devastated by the news and now face very uncertain times in an already tough economic climate.
It is disappointing that Rowecord has not taken up Welsh Government offers of state aid in order to keep the site going and people in work. We understand that the Welsh Government has engaged supportively with the situation at Rowecord but that that support has been rejected by the company.
It would appear that a company that has been involved with iconic engineering projects such as the Olympics has been left with the legacy of a UK government that has failed to use the levers at their disposal to invest and grow our economy.
We will be writing to all our members who are impacted in due course and anyone affected will be invited to contact our Cardiff office for further advice and resources.”
The union intends to post additional advice for members online at the Unite Wales web pages.
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.
The statement from the Welsh Government on Rowecord can be found here.
For further information contact Unite Wales Communications Coordinator Hannah Blythyn on 07980 237694 or Regional Coordinating Officer Bryan Godsell on 07958 515333. www.unitetheunion.org/wales