Britain’s largest union, Unite heralded the findings of a review by Jaguar Land Rover’s executive director Mike Wright into advanced manufacturing, saying it exposed the dangers of the short-termism which has damaged the UK’s manufacturing base in recent decades.
The report commissioned by The Labour Party and published today (Friday 27 June) warned that the UK’s advanced manufacturers would lose out to international rivals, unless the government tackled a shortage of engineering skills and boosted investment.
The review underlined the need for Labour to develop a long term strategic manufacturing strategy and highlighted the crucial role workforces and trade unions play in securing investment and skills.
The Wright review of advanced manufacturing in the UK and its supply chain can be viewed here.
Commenting on the review, Tony Burke Unite assistant general secretary, said: “Mike Wright’s review underlines the need for a long term, active manufacturing strategy for the UK and exposes the dangers of the short-termism which has damaged our manufacturing.
“Other countries are pouring massive amounts of political and economic resources into boosting their manufacturing sectors to boost skills and innovation.
“Mike Wright’s important work shows that Labour must develop a long term strategic manufacturing strategy which recognises and values the role of the workforce and trade unions.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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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.