Britain’s largest union, Unite hailed the skills and efficiency of BMW’s UK workforce as the car maker today (Tuesday) announced that the next generation electric Mini will be built in the UK - at Cowley, Oxfordshire.
Welcoming the news, Unite urged the UK government to get behind the Mini workforce by urgently investing in the developing electric car industry - primarily the charging infrastructure needed to ensure electric vehicles become a part of driver' lives in the UK.
Today’s announcement brings an end to months of uncertainty for the workers who produce a 'Mini a minute' and who have helped deliver record sales for BMW.
Commenting Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “This announcement is a huge and totally deserved boost to a world class workforce that has endured a tough few months.
"Around the world and for generations the Mini means made in Britain. With the electric Mini being built in Cowley the tradition continues but with the added bonus that this is one of the important innovations of tomorrow.
"It is fantastic news and is in no small part down to the tremendous skills and efficiency of BMW’s UK workers and our members.
“Throughout the years Mini workers have shown themselves to be leaders in innovation. It is only right that this tradition continues with the next generation electric Mini being built here in the UK."
Len McCluskey added that the government must also move into delivery mode for our manufacturing sector: “Now we need to back manufacturing workers by putting the UK in the fast lane of electric motoring, committing to investing in the charging infrastructure needed to power the electric Minis of tomorrow.
"The government must play its part with a set of serious proposals to invest in our manufacturing future, the bedrock of wealth creation in this country.
"We urge the government to waste no more time – in bringing forward an industrial strategy of the scale and scope to ensure UK manufacturing stays in the fast lane. ”
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.