Plans for a new £250 million factory to build the next generation black taxi cabs were heralded by Britain’s largest union Unite as testament to the skills and dedication of the London Taxi Company’s workforce.
The investment by the firm’s Chinese owner Geeley comes two years after the workforce and their union Unite successfully campaigned to halt the closure of the iconic black cab maker.
Geeley is promising to create up to 1,000 new jobs and apprenticeships at the new site with the first vehicles expected to roll off the Ansty Park production line in Coventry in 2017.
Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: “The London black cab is an iconic vehicle and we wouldn’t be celebrating its great future if it wasn’t for the hard fought campaign to save the plant two years ago.
“Unite members employed at the company, along with the union’s taxi branches across the country worked hard to save the company and lobbied the government and mayor of London to ensure production remained open at Coventry.
“The decision to invest in a new plant is testament to that campaign and the skills and dedication of the workforce who have worked tirelessly to turn the firm around. Not only is it good news for the area, but it is another ringing endorsement of the UK automotive industry and the skills of our members.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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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.