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Not red, not blue, just jobs. Don’t passport our jobs away

‘Not red, not blue, just jobs. Don’t passport our jobs away’

27 March 2018

WHAT: MPs to back the campaign to save De La Rue passport jobs in photo-booth photo opp
WHEN: Wednesday 28 March 2018 from 13:00
WHERE: Opposite the Houses of Parliament, Old Palace Yard, London SW1P 3JY

MPs will gather tomorrow (Wednesday 28 March) to show solidarity with De La Rue workers who face an uncertain future as the government prepares to award a £490 million contract to produce the UK’s blue passports to a French competitor.

Using the passport photobooth set up by Unite the union at parliament, MPs will take their passport picture to send to the prime minister to urge her to think again on her decision.

Trade union representatives from De La Rue will be travelling from Gateshead to join MPs and brief them on the impact the government’s decision will have on jobs and local economy.

Unite’s general secretary Len McCluskey has said that this issue is: “Not about whether our passports are red or blue. It is about defending UK jobs, industry and communities.”

Around 200 jobs are at risk but the union fears others will follow unless work is found for the plants which have produced the UK passport without a hitch for the past decade.

Unite has urged MPs not to be taken in by claims that the contract winner Gemalto will create significant numbers of UK jobs. The sites the company has in the UK are not expected to take on passport work, with the printing of the new blue document to be done in France.

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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