Unite the Union

Unite the Union

November 01, 2007 11:55 ET

Rolls-Royce workers say they will fight closure plan

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 01, 2007) - Unite members at Rolls-Royce in Liverpool say they will do everything they can to prevent the closure of their plant, announced today (1 November 2007), and the loss of more than 200 jobs.

Workers at the site in Dunnings Bridge Road, Bootle, worst fears were confirmed today when the company made its devastating announcement that it is to close the site and switch production to a plant in Mount Vernon, USA but have vowed to fight to save the plant and secure their jobs.
The company, which makes turbines for the gas and oil industries, is blaming the poor exchange rate between the pound and the US dollar, fluctuating work volumes and high costs for the closure but Unite say the UK plant produces a quality product which allows Rolls-Royce to increase its presence in the lucrative after sales service market. The plant has been historically very productive with a world-wide customer clientele many of whom have their head offices in the UK.

Unite, the UK's largest trade union says it will now launch a major campaign to save the plant and will be calling for support from government ministers, local MPs and the energy industry clients the plant serves. Unite is also planning a petition to encourage the general public to support our campaign to fight the closure of Rolls-Royce.

Unite Regional Officer, Debbie Brannan, said:
"We are shocked, but not surprised by the company's plan to close its' Merseyside plant but this is the beginning of our fightback, not the end.

"We will not stand by and watch our members lose their jobs and see another vital manufacturing plant lost. Our campaign to save the plant will reach out to Westminster and to industry and we will also be seeking the council and local people's support to keep the plant going."

"We will do everything in our power to stop the closure of the site and we ask the people and politicians of Merseyside to join us in doing the same."

Unite will continue to meet the company during the 90 day consultation process and is calling for meaningful negotiations with Rolls-Royce on alternative options to closure. To support our campaign please sign the petition which can be downloaded at http://www.amicustheunion.org/pdf/A4%20Petition%20rolls%20royce.pdf.

Notes to Editors

Rolls-Royce employees 212 people at the site in Bootle.
Unite has 140 members.
The company assembles and tests industrial gas turbines which drives compression units and power generators mainly for the oil and gas and utilities markets.

The company's key clients are BP, Total, Petrobas and Shell oil companies

Contact Information

  • Amicus Communications Officer
    Karen Viquerat
    01704 546 500 or 07768931316
    or
    Debbie Brannan
    07768 931271.