Nissan’s decision to build the new Qashqai and X-Trail in Sunderland is testament to the skills and expertise of a world class workforce, Britain’s largest union, Unite said today (Thursday 27 October).
Unite described the move, which secures over 7,000 jobs at the Sunderland plant and thousands more through the supply chain, as a massive vote of confidence in Britain’s world-beating car industry.
With other major car makers set to make investment decisions, the union urged the government to provide stability for the industry and wider manufacturing by securing tariff-free access to the single market.
Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: “Nissan’s decision is a massive vote of confidence in the skills and expertise of a world-class workforce and testament to their hard work which has made the Sunderland plant one of the most productive in the Nissan family.
“The decision to build the new Qashqai and X-Trail in Sunderland is recognition of the UK car industry’s status as a world leader and secures tens of thousands of jobs at the Sunderland plant and throughout the supply chain.
“A source for decent jobs, skills and innovation, it is vital that the government supports the car industry and secures tariff-free access to the single market to ensure other manufacturers follow Nissan’s lead and invest in the UK car industry.”
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.