Wolverhampton transmissions firm Caterpillar was today (Friday 5 September) accused of bulldozing promises it made to the workforce to retain manufacturing jobs in the West Midlands city.
Unite, the country largest union, said that the company had broken pledges repeatedly made over the last 12 months that it would keep up to 70 per cent of manufacturing capability in Wolverhampton – this work will now be transferred abroad.
Unite regional secretary Gerard Coyne said: “The announcement that up to 203 jobs at Caterpillar, which owns Turner Powertrain Systems in Racecourse Road, Wolverhampton, will be lost is a bitter pill for the hardworking staff and their families.
“The announcement is doubly painful as for the last year the company had promised that it would keep 70 per cent of the manufacturing capacity in Wolverhampton.
“Caterpillar has bulldozed those promises into dust, when it told the workforce early this morning that their livelihoods were on the line and sent the employees home.
“The 45-day consultation period starts on Monday (8 September) and Unite will be fully engaged in talks with management to mitigate the job losses. Our aim is to keep the whole site open. We will urge the management to keep to the promises they have repeatedly made to the unions in recent times.
“While, we understand, the site will not be completely closed, the proposal to send the Wolverhampton transmissions work abroad is a blow to the manufacturing base in the West Midlands and underlines the need for the government to develop a coherent strategy for manufacturing in the UK.”
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
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.