Leader of the Labour in for Britain campaign Alan Johnson MP and Labour's Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Angela Eagle MP visited BAE systems in Samlesbury today to highlight industry support for remaining in the EU.
BAE currently make Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35 Fighter jets, providing highly skilled jobs to almost 11,000 people in Lancashire. Alan and Angela spoke to Unite the Union representatives and apprentices who highlighted the union support for a vote to remain in the EU.
The Chair of BAE systems, Sir Roger Carr, signed a letter with other business leaders in support of remaining in the EU in February.
Leader of Unite the Union, Len McCluskey said:
"The message this union is taking to its members is that to protect our jobs and our rights, we're better off in Europe.
"Workplaces like BAE are crucial to our communities. They bring skills and prosperity for working people. We want these benefits to be there for tomorrow's workers too - our children and their children.
"What's at stake with this referendum is huge. It is the biggest vote we have faced and will determine this country's future.
"So when leading manufacturers are on the side of remaining as a full and engaged member of the EU, we listen.
"Unite's message to its members is a clear one: vote jobs, vote rights, vote remain."
Labour's Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Angela Eagle said:
"BAE is an employer that provides high-skilled, well-paid jobs and apprenticeships to local people in the North West and right across the country.
"With companies like BAE manufacturing high-quality products critical for our national security and for our country's exports, they understand the importance of collaboration across the European Union.
"There is support for remaining in the EU throughout industry, from the factory floor up. Which is why trades unions and The Labour Party know are campaigning to remaining part of the largest single market in the world, because it is vital for our future success."
Leader of the Labour in for Britain campaign, Alan Johnson said:
"To have Unite re-state their support for a vote to remain shows that remaining in the European Union is vital for workers too. It sends a strong message to have both the workforce representatives and the management agree on what is best for the future of the industry and the workers here in Lancashire."
"Labour is united in campaigning for Britain to remain in Europe because of the jobs, growth and investment and protections it provides for British workers."