East Anglian Tory MPs were urged today (Thursday 13 July) to sign a House of Commons motion expressing ‘grave concern’ that more than 500 jobs at the profitable Delphi Diesel Systems in Suffolk are under threat.
Unite, the country’s largest union, said that, so far, no Tory MPs in the East Anglian Conservative heartland have signed the early day motion (EDM) sponsored by the newly elected Labour MP for Ipswich, Sandy Martin.
Last month, the Sudbury engineering company announced it was entering into a consultation about the long-term future of the plant, which Unite believes, is the most profitable site in the UK of the American-owned conglomerate.
The EDM expresses grave concern about the potential closure of Delphi Diesel Systems; and urges the company to engage in meaningful consultation with workers at the site.
It also notes that the Sudbury site is the most profitable in the UK, returning profits in the region of £1 million month-on-month and hopes that the rumoured closure of the site is not part of a strategy to ultimately pull out of the UK altogether.
Unite regional officer Neal Evans said: “Saving these highly skilled jobs in predominately rural Suffolk should not be a party political matter and we would urge Conservative MPs to sign the EDM to put maximum pressure on the company to keep this very profitable operation in Suffolk.
“We are currently in the consultation period with the company and no announcement is expected before the beginning of next month.
“As we enter challenging economic times with Brexit looming, now is the time for a united front to keep vital manufacturing jobs in the UK.”
The EDM can be accessed via http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2017-19/170
Delphi makes diesel fuel injectors and filters for commercial vehicles at the site.
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