January 17, 2007 07:32 ET

Amicus urges local people to support campaign to save jobs in the North West

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 17, 2007) - Amicus, the UK's largest manufacturing union, will be calling on people across the North West to join their campaign for stronger employment protection for UK workers to stop jobs being lost.

Amicus believes that weak UK labour laws are putting workers such as those in Colgate, Goss Graphics, and Champion Sparkplugs in the frontline for the sack because they are cheaper and easier to sack than other workers in Europe.

Amicus officials and representatives will be visiting Liverpool, Manchester, Chester, Preston and Barrow town centres on Saturday 20th January to encourage the public to sign their petition. The petition highlights the continued loss of skilled jobs from the North West and calls on the government to provide better employment laws to protect UK workers. The petition will be delivered to 10 Downing Street by the General Secretary in the spring.

Amicus' Deputy General Secretary, Graham Goddard, said:

"Too many jobs have already been lost in the North West and the trend is worsening. We are asking the local people to support our campaign to stop companies exploiting weak UK employment laws by closing down here and relocating abroad.

"These job losses have a devastating social and economic effect on families and communities and we hope the government takes on board our concerns to support UK jobs. This is one of the reasons why the T&G and Amicus have agreed to ballot our membership on merger to give greater strength in challenging industrially and politically these decisions and laws'.

This follows the closure of the Peugeot plant in Coventry, with the loss of 2,300 jobs at the beginning of January and the closure of the Birds Eye plant in Hull and the National Cash Register plant in Dundee last week, with both plants moving abroad.

Amicus launched a GBP1 million advertising campaign and boycott of Peugeot and Citroen following the company's decision to close its' Ryton plant in Coventry and shift production to low wage Slovakia. The union has warned it may take similar action against any other company that decides to sack their UK workforce to exploit cheap labour opportunities abroad but still rely heavily on UK markets.

Photo and interview opportunities

Members and officers of the union will be available for interview and photographs in the following city centres between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm on Saturday 20th January:

Venues and Meeting Points:

Manchester - Outside Marks and Spencers, Market Street, Manchester
Liverpool - Junction of Bold Street, Church Street
Barrow - Bolton Road, Barrow (by the statue)
Preston - Flag Market, facing The Harris Museum
Chester - Outside Town Hall

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Notes to Editors

Jobs already lost in the North West:

Colgate, Salford - 400 jobs to Eastern Europe
Goss Graphic, Preston - 236 jobs to Europe or USA
Champion Sparkplugs, Wirral - 300 jobs to Mexico
Leaf UK's Chewits' Factory, Southport - 128 jobs to Slovakia
Thermal Ceramics, Wirral - 100 jobs to France and Czech Republic

Contact Information

  • Amicus
    Karen Viquerat
    01704 546 500 or 07768931316