Reacting to today’s (Thursday 17 November) speech by Clive Lewis, Labour’s shadow secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The Labour party has thrown down the gauntlet to the Conservative government by outlining a compelling vision of what an industrial strategy should look like.
“In contrast to the uncertainty and confusion offered by Tory ministers, the Labour party is showing it is serious about developing an industrial strategy which equips the UK for the Brexit challenges ahead and delivers an economy built on the creation of decent, secure jobs.
“Prime minister Theresa May and her government’s challenge is to now make good on its promise of an industrial strategy and spell out how it will support manufacturing and key foundation industries like our crisis hit steel sector.
“A failure to do so when the chancellor of exchequer Philip Hammond delivers his autumn statement next week, will only feed the growing uncertainty over the government’s lack of clarity and its shifty secrecy around Brexit, which is doing nothing to instil confidence for business and workers alike.
“Long-forgotten communities cannot rebuild on warm words, or worse the deliberate inaction that sees the Redcar steel works now rotting and many of its skilled workers on benefits.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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.