Britain’s largest union, Unite today (Tuesday 17 October) praised the skills and tenacity of the workforce of Bombardier’s train making division after the Derby based train maker secured a £680 million order to supply 413 carriages for West Midlands Trains.
Unite however warned that the government needed to deliver a jobs first Brexit, to encourage investment and ensure that the hard work in turning the company around could be maximised.
Commenting Unite national officer Tony Murphy said: “This good news is in no small part down to the skills and tenacity of the workforce who have worked tirelessly to secure a brighter future for Bombardier.
“Since the blow of losing out on the Thameslink contract in 2011 the Bombardier workforce has shown great resolve and determination in turning the fortunes of the Derby site around.
“This hard work cannot be put at risk by continuing government uncertainty surrounding Brexit which is currently leading to businesses putting off investment decisions.
“We need a jobs first Brexit and for government ministers to pursue a ‘built in Britain’ procurement policy as part of an active industrial strategy that supports decent jobs.”
For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or 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.