Responding to the calls today by leading car manufacturers for UK workers to vote to remain in the European Union when they go to the polls this Thursday, Unite’s general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Hundreds of thousands of the cars driving on roads across the European Union have been built by UK workers. The cars rolling off the lines today destined for EU markets are creating decent jobs for working class communities. For every one job in manufacturing, they create four more in their area. Vital, skilled, good work – precisely the sort of work this country needs.
“We have the most productive car industry in Europe because our workforce has been tireless in its efforts to make sure that UK built means world class. The same can be said for our aviation and defence manufacturing. These are the sectors where our economic future must lie.
“Leaving the EU puts all this hard work, all that graft, all the rights that protect workers and good businesses from cowboy employers, and our skills and investment in jeopardy. The jobs of tens of thousands of men, women and apprentices would be at risk as we lose our biggest customer base and the £134 billion manufacturing workers bring our economy.
“Leaving the EU is not ‘taking back control’ – it would mean losing control of our ability to create work and prosperity for the UK’s people. It would be a terrible gamble with people's jobs. Britain is better off remaining in the EU.”
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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.