Unite vows to support Pilkington workforce

Unite vows to support Pilkington workforce

07 November 2013

Unite, Britain's biggest union, has vowed to do everything possible to defend jobs at Pilkington Glass' manufacturing site in St Helens, Lancashire.

The company has today (7 November) announced plans to close the Cowley Hill site with the loss of 140 skilled manufacturing jobs.

Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said:

"There are thousands of manufacturing workers up and down the country who will be wondering what David Cameron and George Osborne mean when they talk about a recovery. Valuable manufacturing  jobs in steel, shipbuilding and now glass continue to haemorrhage while the government does next to nothing to support the sector.

"Unite will be meeting with Pilkington management over the coming days and we will be scrutinising the company's proposals to cut 140 skilled jobs. The union will also be meeting the workforce to listen to their views on this terrible announcement. These are skilled manufacturing jobs and we will be doing as much as possible to mitigate the impact on the workforce."

Next week Unite will launch its strategy for manufacturing "Made In Britain" which calls for a new and workable manufacturing strategy to defend and create skilled jobs and bring about a long-term re-balancing of the economy in favour of manufacturing.

Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors:

Unite is Britain and Ireland's largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.