The decision to award Bombardier a £1 billion train building contract for London's Crossrail project is a tribute to the skills and dedication of the Derbyshire workforce says Unite.
65 trains are to be built in Derby, securing over 1,000 jobs and around 100 apprenticeships in the UK. The contract between Transport for London and Bombardier covers the supply, delivery and maintenance of the new trains.
The news will come as a huge relief for workers after the disastrous decision to award the Thameslink contract to a consortium led by Siemens in 2011, instead of Derby based Bombardier. The government's decision put a question mark over the entire future of UK train manufacturing.
Unite national officer Julia Long said: "This is great news for the workforce at Bombardier and for Derby. After the disastrous handling of the Thameslink contract, this news must come as a massive relief for the skilled men and women at Bombardier.
"Bombardier will continue to build trains, valuable jobs will be secured and young people will have a future in manufacturing through apprenticeships. This decision is a tribute to the skills and dedication of the Derbyshire workforce."
For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo from Unite on 07768 931 315
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Notes to editors:
- 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.