Speaking after the meeting today (Monday 22 January) in Paris between the UK’s biggest union, Unite, and the head of the PSA automotive corporation, Carlos Tavares, the general secretary of Unite, Len McCluskey said: "Today’s was a helpful meeting. We had a frank exchange and are now clear on our respective positions.
“Carlos Tavares repeated his desire not to close UK plants, which is reassuring. He also talked of working with Unite to construct a roadmap for future operations in the UK, again encouraging.
“On behalf of Unite, I repeated our determination to safeguard the UK plants and if needs be our willingness to disrupt PSA’s UK market share if the company fails to support this loyal workforce.
“I remain optimistic, however, that we can work constructively with PSA, albeit with the uncertainty and confusion caused by Brexit being a consideration for the company.
“That is why I will also be pressing the business secretary Greg Clark, to ensure that the UK government does all it can to create the climate for PSA investment. I will be seeking a meeting with the secretary of state on this as soon as possible because there is no time to lose. The three parties – PSA, Unite and the UK government – must work together now to give our plants a future.”
For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or 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.