Britain’s largest union Unite hailed Ford’s approval of a £181 million investment at its Bridgend engine plant in south Wales as a ‘blueprint’ for how trade unions, politicians and employers can work together to secure jobs.
Today’s (Friday 25 September) announcement which includes Welsh government support of £14.67 million safeguards more than 750 jobs and will see production of a family of all-new petrol engines beginning in late 2018.
The news comes at the end of a troubled week for the manufacturing sector as calls intensify for the UK government to actively support the UK steel industry and save SSI’s iron and steelmaking plant at Redcar in Teesside.
Commenting Unite national officer Roger Maddison said: “Today’s announcement once again underlines how unions and major carmakers are working together to secure the car industry’s future in Wales and the rest of the UK.
“This investment is testament to the skilled dedication of the workforce, a willingness of the Welsh government to invest in the future and the constructive relationship between Unite and Ford.
“It demonstrates what can be achieved when unions, employers and politicians work together and sits in stark contrast to the Tory government’s ‘hands free’ approach to manufacturing and its desire to poison industrial relations with its ideologically driven Trade Union bill.”
For further information please contact 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