Unite, Britain's biggest union, has welcomed the 'slight improvement' in manufacturing output but has warned against complacency as the sector continues to 'bump along the bottom'.
The PMI manufacturing index increased to 51.3 for May. The 50 level separates growth from contraction. April's figure was revised up from 49.8 to 50.2.
Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: “The slight improvement in the PMI manufacturing index is welcome but it has taken three years for the sector to nudge itself just above the line that separates growth from contraction.
"The government still has no defined industrial strategy. This gain could easily go into reverse. Far from powering ahead as some commentators are suggesting today, manufacturing in the UK is still bumping along the bottom and is in need of an industrial strategy to boost real growth and create decent jobs.
“This is no time for complacency, we are a long way from being out of the woods, with many manufacturers still cautious about future business and investment.”
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Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.