Britain’s largest union Unite, welcomed Toyota’s confirmation of a platform upgrade at its Burnaston plant today (Thursday 16 March), but urged the government to state now, that it will secure tariff free access to the European single market and customs union in Brexit negotiations to calm nerves in the UK car industry.
Unite, which is the biggest union representing workers in the industry and its supply chain, urged the government to move swiftly to secure access and invest in skills and technology to ensure the industry goes from strength to strength.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "The confirmation of this platform upgrade at Toyota is further evidence that the UK car industry and the people who work in it are among the best in the world at what they do.
"Their skill and efficiency right through the supply chain to the production line is second to none. They need to know that the government has their back and will do whatever is necessary to ensure new models and new investment keeps coming to Britain.
“With discussions set to start on the replacement of models such as Vauxhall’s Astra and decisions due on BMW’s electric Mini, it is vital that government ministers calm nerves by stating they will secure tariff free access to the European single market and customs union in Brexit negotiations.
“This must also be backed up with investment in the UK’s supply chain and new technology to ensure the UK remains a world leader in car manufacturing. The car industry is one of the jewels in our nation’s manufacturing crown, government ministers must work with us to keep it that way.”
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.