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Unite the Union

January 14, 2008 06:45 ET

Rolls-Royce Workers Take Fight to Save Their Jobs to Parliament

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2008) - Unite members at Rolls-Royce are taking their fight to Parliament on Tuesday 15th January to stop the closure of the site in Bootle, Merseyside and save their jobs.

Workers from the plant will be making representation to local MPs, Joe Benton, Lindsay Hoyle, David Crausby, Rosie Cooper, Peter Kilfoyle and George Howarth in Westminster and handing in a petition signed by 18,000 people at 10 Downing Street in a bid to retain production on Merseyside and its' 212 highly skilled engineering jobs.

Unite has criticised local management at Rolls-Royce and its attempt to undermine the union's campaign and negotiations over the proposed closure.

Unite say the proposed closure of the site will have a devastating effect on the company's loyal workers and the local economy if the company plans to shift production to its plant in Mount Vernon, USA go ahead.

Unite Joint General Secretary, Derek Simpson said: "We are angry that local management seems to have done everything in its power to undermine the union over the proposed closure of the site.

"There is a wealth of skills and experience that will be lost if the closure goes ahead. They need to wake up to the fact that a closure not only cuts skilled jobs but closes the door on future opportunities for young people to secure skilled jobs and skills in the UK."

"Unite is determined to reverse this decision to secure the future of the workforce and support UK industry jobs."

The campaign "Keep Rolls-Royce on Merseyside", led by UK's largest trade union, Unite aims to stop the closure.

Contact Information

  • Karen Viquerat
    01704 546500 or (07768 931316)
    Debbie Brannan
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