The latest figures from the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) show the UK car market is continuing to grow, but Britain's biggest union Unite warns against complacency following the bad news at Ford UK and the black cab maker Manganese Bronze.
According to the SMMT today (6 November), UK new car registrations rose 12.1 per cent in October and the new car market has increased 5.0 per cent over the year-to-date, growing in all but one month.
Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: "These are of course encouraging figures but Ford's unacceptable decision to shut two plants in the UK with the loss of over 1,000 jobs and the near collapse of the iconic black cab maker is proof that there is no room for complacency.
"This government needs to be ready to back Britain's auto industry when necessary. British manufacturing is among the best in the world and is a testament to the skills of the workforce. The government must step in and back it with an industrial strategy and a national investment bank to drive innovation, jobs and growth."
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Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.