May 16, 2006 07:03 ET


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - May 16, 2006) -

Attention: Media opportunity: News, industrial and political correspondents


Tues 16 May 4.30-6pm Dining Room A
House of Commons

Derek Simpson will meet MPs at the House of Commons on Tuesday 16th May to present irrefutable proof that weak UK labour laws are leading to the demise of the British car manufacturing industry.

The announcement of significant job losses at Peugeot, Ryton, TVR at Blackpool and now potentially Vauxhall is directly linked to the ease with which employers can sack UK workers compared to their European counterparts.

Amicus General Secretary Derek Simpson says,
"Britain has highly skilled workers and the most productive plants, as well as the biggest market for motor vehicles. Yet UK workers are the first to be laid off because weak UK labour laws are being exploited by employers.

The Government must take action to protect British manufacturing employment. Job protection similar to those enjoyed by workers in France would give British employees the opportunity to compete for investment and work. "

Over 1 million manufacturing jobs have been lost in the UK since 1997. Amicus research shows that when people working in manufacturing are made redundant they rarely find another comparable job. Two thirds don't find a job within a year, those who do find jobs are on around 40% lower pay and only 13% find a skilled manufacturing job.

Amicus is starting a national campaign in the motor industry. With over 65,000 Amicus members and nearly 800,000 constituents relying on this sector for employment, MPs will be asked to lobby the Government on their behalf as part of the campaign.

Amicus argues that the UK is Europe's biggest market for motor vehicles yet the motor manufacturing industry is fast disappearing.


Contact: Ciaran Naidoo 07768 931 315

Contact Information

  • Amicus Press Office
    Ciaran Naidoo
    07768 931 315