Unite calls for government action after receiving Nissan assurances
- Monday 4 February 2019
Representatives from Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite met with Nissan management at the carmaker’s Sunderland plant today (Monday 4 February) following yesterday’s X-Trail announcement.
Commenting after the meeting, Unite acting national officer Steve Bush said: “Nissan were left in no doubt of our anger and disappointment over how the X-Trail announcement leaked to the media over the weekend. It has caused a great deal of anxiety among a workforce in one of the most efficient and productive Nissan factories in the world.
Pressed for guarantees
“We pressed for guarantees on jobs and future production levels at Sunderland and received firm assurances that the future production of the Juke and Qashqai is unaffected and this is solely an X-Trail decision.
“Unite will continue to press for further long-term guarantees over future investment and new models to secure the site’s future for generations to come.
“What this whole sorry saga shows is that the sector-wide uncertainty caused by Brexit urgently needs to be addressed by ministers because it is draining the industry of skills, investment and new jobs.
“The government also needs to get a grip and do more to support car workers and the industry in the transition away from diesel to alternatively powered vehicles.
“Trashing diesel while pulling the plug on grants which help people buy electric and alternatively powered vehicles, serves only to confuse customers and the industry. Government ministers need to be far more ambitious and invest more in electric charging infrastructure, research and development to ensure the UK car industry has a bright future.”
Sector wide uncertainty
The sector-wide uncertainty caused by Brexit urgently needs to be addressed by ministers because it is draining the industry of skills, investment and new jobs.
For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 [email protected]
Notes to editors
• Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.