Plans for a Coventry electric car battery plant that could create up to 6,000 new jobs will be ‘a huge shot in the arm’ for the West Midlands economy, Unite the union said today (Thursday 15 July).

Unite welcomed plans to build the gigafactory that will underpin the future of automotive production in the West Midlands region, as the demand for battery powered vehicles worldwide accelerates.

Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Steve Turner said: "Unite has been battling for this gigafactory to come to Coventry airport.  Our members working in manufacturing and autos across the Midlands are desperate for this facility and industries that want to invest in UK PLC share our urgency.

"We urge the government to get onside, work with us to get this gigafactory up and running so that the country can take another step forward in electric battery production.

“The facility will be a huge shot in the arm for the region, its auto sector and the supply chain. The promise of 6,000 jobs and thousands more in the supply chain is exactly what we need to bring stability to the sector during these rocky times and ensure it can face up to the challenges of the green manufacturing revolution.

 "We have one gigafactory at Sunderland, but we need at least seven across the country to give our industries a fighting chance and stay competitive as the economy transitions to greener energies, with the goal that the UK meets its 2050 target of net zero emissions.

"There's no time to waste. Our competitors are spending more and moving faster. UK manufacturers, our world class auto industry and consumers desperately need to know that the infrastructure will be in place to help them go ‘green’."


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