The £1 billion contract to build trains for the newly awarded East Anglian rail franchise by Derby-based Bombardier was hailed as ‘a vote of confidence’ in UK manufacturing by Unite, the country’s largest union, today (Wednesday 10 August).
Canadian-based Bombardier, which has its main UK centre in Derby, has won the £1 billion contract to supply 660 carriages in a move that will secure 1,000 jobs for a decade. It came as the government announced its decision to award the East Anglian franchise to Abellio until 2025.
Unite national officer for the rail industry Tony Murphy said: “This is excellent news for the workers at Bombardier and this vote of confidence by Abellio East Anglia is a testament to their dedication, expertise and hard work. It is also good for the wider local economy and the supply chain.
“This boost for industrial production in the East Midlands shows that, despite the challenges posed by the Brexit vote on 23 June, the UK manufacturing sector is open for business and remains amongst the global leaders for high-quality engineering.
“At this time of economic challenges, as ministers wrestle with what exactly Brexit means, the fact that 1,000 highly-skilled jobs have been safeguarded for the next decade is to be applauded.
“Following the Bombardier news, Unite awaits with interest what the new ‘industrial strategy’, as promised by prime minister Theresa May, will actually mean. Unite looks forward to discussing the make-up of such a strategy with the new business secretary Greg Clark.”
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.