The country's biggest manufacturing union Unite welcomed the interventions today (Wednesday 15 June) by some of the UK's blue chip business as they seek to rally support for the UK to remain in the European Union.
Such is their concern that UK manufacturing would be damaged by a Brexit, the heads of Rolls Royce, Ford and GKN Aerospace took the step of writing to their workforces to make the case for the UK to stay in the European Union.
Their calls were echoed by Unite's assistant general secretary for manufacturing, Tony Burke, who said: “We've heard today from the heads of companies that UK workers have made known around the world.
“When Ford, Rolls Royce and GKN Aerospace say that our future success as a manufacturing nation lies on us retaining our membership of the EU then we must listen.
“These companies employ men, women and apprentices right across the country. Their jobs make our communities and our industry stronger. For every one directly employed worker in the manufacturing, four other jobs are supported in the supply chain.
“Our members have worked extremely hard to make these companies the world beaters that they are. We appeal to voters, don't put this at risk.
“These are the sort of jobs we want more of, to increase decent employment in this country, not to put it in jeopardy. That's why we urge working people that on June 23 they get behind our world class workforces and vote remain.”
For further information, contact Pauline Doyle on 07976 832 861 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.