On a visit to Nissan’s Sunderland factory today (22 January 2014), Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite praised the skills and commitment of the workforce which has made the company a roaring success.
Len McCluskey will be meeting with workers, management and union shop stewards on the day a new Nissan model, the next-generation Qashqai, will start to come off the production line. The model will help to create 500 new jobs at the Japanese car company’s UK plant.
Two weeks ago, Nissan celebrated over one million cars being built over the past two years and the new model of its Qashqai was named the 2014 Car of the Year by ‘What Car?’ magazine.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Nissan is a roaring success thanks to the company recognising the value of working with the unions. Not only has the company built over one million cars in the UK over two years, its models are top quality cars. This is a testament to the productivity and the skills of the Sunderland workforce.
“The success of the British car industry is proof that with the right support and a positive approach to trade unions UK manufacturing can flourish. It is about time the prime minister stopped attacking unions and woke up to the contribution workers and their trade unions make to UK manufacturing.”
For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo from Unite on 07768 931 315
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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.