October 31, 2006 11:33 ET

Trade unions to meet the Prime Minister to discuss job losses in York

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 31, 2006) - Trade union representatives and union members from Amicus and GMB will meet the Prime Minister, Tony Blair tomorrow (Wednesday 1 November) at the House of Commons to make representations about huge job losses in York over the last 18 months.

The meeting follows announcements of job losses by Nestlé Rowntree, British Sugar, Norwich Union and the closure of Terry's chocolate factory.

As well as asking how the government can help to attract new jobs to the city of York the union delegation will be looking for agreement from the Prime Minister to appoint a minister for manufacturing, to consider the social and economic impact of such large job losses on local communities, and to provide more funding for retraining.

The delegation will also be asking the government to look at the effect of relatively high energy costs for UK manufacturers compared with the rest of Europe. They will ask Tony Blair to explain why there has been a lack of initiative from the government to prevent the continued loss of skilled well paid jobs from the UK to other parts of the world.

Amicus Regional Officer, Tony Randerson, said:

"We are appalled at the continued loss of skilled well paid jobs both within the York area and across UK manufacturing. These losses have a devastating social and economic effect on families and communities.

"We trust and hope the Prime Minister takes on board our concerns and works with us to support UK manufacturing by introducing stronger employment legislation which will protect thousands of vital, well paid jobs in the UK."


Notes for Editors:

1. Job losses in York
Nestlé Rowntree 249 in March 2006, plus 645 proposed
Norwich Union 450
British Sugar 100

2. Between May 2004 and May 2006 there were 217,000 jobs lost in UK manufacturing (ONS Labour Market Trends)
3. Amicus has produced a detailed report 'The future of manufacturing' which can be downloaded from the Amicus website

Contact Information

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    Martin Scanlon
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