The figures released today (Thursday 27 July) by the Society of Motor Manufacturing and Trading, which show declines in both production and investment in the UK's automotive sector ought to be ringing alarm bells across government, Unite, the country's biggest manufacturing union has warned.
Reacting to the news that 14 per cent fewer vehicles were produced this year compared to the same period in 2016, Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Tony Burke said: “The Brexit effect is now real and is biting into an important UK manufacturing sector, our world-class car industry.
“Government must hear the alarm bells ringing and take action.
“Not only are consumers shying away from buying cars because of the massive economic uncertainty we are in, the industry is also putting a brake on investment until they hear from government that our existing friction-free trading arrangements will be secure once we are out of the European Union.
“The auto sector, in common with our other superb high-tech industries, is built on a complex supply chain. Any interruption to that and jobs and skills are at threat.
"So we urge the government to give our industry and this workforce a chance. Stop ruling out single market access and a customs union because this is destroying investor confidence.
"Get behind UK workers and provide our world class auto sector with the security and certainty they need to stay world-beating."
For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.
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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.