Unite the Union

Unite the Union

December 06, 2007 09:50 ET

Rolls-Royce workers across the UK rally to save Merseyside plant

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2007) -

Embargoed until 00.01 Monday, 10th December 2007

Workers from Rolls-Royce sites across the UK will be joining a national solidarity protest today (10th December) in support of fellow workers fighting to save their jobs at the plant in Bootle.

Rolls-Royce workers will protest outside the major UK plants including Bootle, Bristol, Coventry, Derby, Inchinnan, East Kilbride, Sunderland and Barnoldswick with placards and banners.

Over 200 highly skilled engineering workers at Rolls-Royce, Bootle, which makes turbines for the oil and gas industries, will lose their jobs next year if company plans to shift production to its' Mount Vernon plant in the US go ahead.

The campaign 'Keep Rolls-Royce Pride on Merseyside', led by the UK's largest trade union, Unite, aims to stop the closure. The campaign has been gathering massive support across Merseyside. Now Unite is calling on fellow Rolls Royce workers from across the UK to back their fight to keep jobs and skills in the UK.

Unite National Officer, Ian Tonks, said: "It is scandalous that a global employer like Rolls-Royce can abandon its loyal workforce and shift production abroad. We are doing everything in our power to defend our member's jobs on Merseyside and we will take on any company that attempts to exploit the UK's weak employment laws because it's cheaper, quicker and easier to cut jobs here compared to the jobs of workers in other countries.

"Unite will continue to fight this closure and prevent the loss of further jobs and skills being sent abroad."

Over 10,000 people across Merseyside have already signed up to support the campaign to 'stop the Rolls-Royce's planned closure. To add your name visit: http://www.amicustheunion.org/pdf/A4%20Petition%20rolls%20royce.pdf.

As part of the ongoing fight to save Rolls-Royce the campaign message 'Keep Rolls-Royce Pride on Merseyside' was displayed on a giant poster site in Liverpool last week to mark the first month since the company announced it's plans to close its' Bootle site.

Notes to Editor

Site Address - Bootle Rolls-Royce
Dunnings Bridge Road
Protest Time: 12.45pm-1.15pm
Media Contact: Debbie Brannan (mobile: 07768 931271)

Site Address - Bristol: Rolls-Royce
P O Box 3, Gypsy Patch Lane
BS34 7QE
Protest Time: 12.00
Media Contact: Ray Bazeley (mobile: 07807969055)
Steve Jones (mobile: 07963110561)
Jon Locke (mobile: 0776 9536660)

Site Address - Derby: Rolls-Royce
Derby Aero Repair & Overhaul
Sin D-44, PO Box 31
Moor Lane
DE24 8BJ
Protest Time: 1.15 - 1.45
Media Contact: Steve Hibbert (mobile: 07718880704)

Site Address - East Kilbride Rolls-Royce East Kilbride
Mavor Avenue
East Kilbride
G74 4PY
Protest Time: 12.00 - 12.20
Media Contact: Tam Mitchell (mobile: 07854132575)

Site Address - Ansty Rolls-Royce Ansty
Coombe Fields Road
Protest Time: 12.00 - 12.30
Media Contact: Noel Quinn (mobile: 077 19878925)

Site Address - Barnoldswick Rolls-Royce plc
PO Box 3
Skipton Road
BB18 5BW
Time of Protest: 12.00 - 12.30
Media Contact: Jon Brough (Mobile 07772224884)

Site Address - Sunderland Rolls-Royce plc
Pallion Industrial Estate
Time of Protest: 2.00
Media Contact: Jon Wilson (mobile 07745795060)

Site Address - Inchinnan Rolls-Royce Plc
River Drive,
Time of Protest: 3.00pm
Media Contact: Gerrard Docherty (07738 975260)

Contact Information

  • Karen Viquerat
    01704 546 500 / 07768 931316
    Debbie Brannan
    07768 931271
    Ian Tonks
    07770 365759