Unite, the country’s largest union, is requesting talks with Covpress, one of Coventry’s largest employers, later today (Friday 30 September) after the company went into administration yesterday (Thursday).
Unite regional officer Adrian Ross said: “We are requesting talks with the company later today. It is a worrying development for the 800 employees involved and also, more generally, for the West Midlands economy.
“We understand that the administrators have reassured the workforce that there will be no redundancies and there is optimism that a buyer will be found. Order books are full.
“We will have a clearer picture of what is happening, once talks with the company have concluded. Unite will be supporting its members to the maximum during this period of uncertainty.”
Covpress, which was taken over by the Chinese firm Yongtai in 2013, presses parts for car firms GM, Honda, JLR, and Renault and has seen rapid expansion in recent years.
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.