Unite the Union

Unite the Union

July 09, 2007 11:16 ET

Advance notice: DRIVE TO SAVE MANUFACTURING

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 9, 2007) -

Date: 12 July 2007
Venue: Parliament Square: On slip road Little George Street between Victoria Street and Great George Street
Time:12.30pm - 1.30pm

Unite the UK's biggest union will drive a Peugeot, Jaguar and Land Rover painted with slogans to Parliament Square to join present and former workers from the car industry in a demonstration in Parliament Square.

The event will mark the delivery of a petition with 40 000 signatures to 10 Downing Street, calling on the new Prime minister, Gordon Brown to introduce a level playing field with Europe on employment and social rights. The petition will be delivered by Joint General Secretary, Derek Simpson.

Slogans painted on the cars include:"This car is made in Coventry next model Slovakia", "These are more jobs moved abroad: HP Sauce, Peugeot, Alstom, Dyson, Brierley Hill Chains" , "Don't let Jaguar jobs be driven abroad, Save the jobs of UK workers"
Staff at Land Rover and Jaguar are currently under threat from private equity (pe). Unite believes that if a bid for the operations from pe are successful there could be more job losses which would have a devastating effect on local communities.
In 2006, Peugeot announced the closure of its Coventry plant with the loss of 2,500 jobs. Unite launched a massive campaign to boycott Peugeot in the UK.

MG Rover went into administration on the 8th April 2005 when the car deal with the Chinese company Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) collapsed and the company did not have sufficient cash to continue trading. The subsequent closure of the Longbridge site in the West Midlands on 15th April 2005 led to the loss of almost 6000 jobs.

A survey of former Rover workers released by Amicus shows damming evidence contradicting the Government's arguments for weak labour laws and delivers a stark warning to the rest of the EU.

Since Rover closed in April 2005 23% of its former workers are still unemployed or on a training scheme and 20% of those workers who have found work are now earning the equivalent of the minimum wage compared to an average salary of GBP 22,000 at MG Rover.

Past and present workers from Peugeot, Rover, Land Rover, Jaguar, Bentley and Vauxhall will be present at the demonstration.

Contact Information

  • Ciaran Naidoo
    07768 931 315