Unite the Union

Unite the Union

December 03, 2007 11:37 ET

Unite builds up campaign to fight the closure of Rolls-Royce on Merseyside

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2007) - Unite, the UK's largest union, will tomorrow (4th December 2007) unveil their campaign message 'Keep Rolls-Royce Pride on Merseyside' on a giant poster site in Liverpool to mark the first month since the company announced it's plans to close its' Bootle site.

The new poster is part of their ongoing fight to save the Bootle site and the jobs of its' 212 employees.

For the last month workers from the site in Bootle have been running a successful campaign gaining massive support from local MPs, MEPs, government ministers, Sefton Council and the local community. Over 10,000 people across Merseyside have already signed up to support the campaign to 'Keep Rolls-Royce on Merseyside" and stop the Rolls-Royce's planned closure.

Rolls-Royce workers from across the UK have also pledged their solidarity to join the fight against the proposed closure with a day of protest on Monday 10th December. Rolls-Royce workers will protest outside eleven major plants up and down the country with placards and banners.

Unite believes that with 57 days left of the consultation period the union can still win the fight to keep the jobs on Merseyside. Unite is calling for meaningful talks with the company to protect the future of the workforce.

Unite Regional Officer, Debbie Brannan, said:

"Thousands of people have already signed our petition and more support is coming in fast from across the country. We are working hard to keep these jobs in Bootle but we are confident that we can win this fight if we all pull together.

"We are extremely disappointed that the company is not involving the union in discussions over the future of the site with outside bodies such as North West Development Agency We urge Rolls-Royce to have meaningful talks with Unite so we can examine every possibility to retain production at the Merseyside plant and save these highly skilled jobs."

The plant employs 212 skilled workers who manufacture turbines for the oil and gas industries.

To sign the campaign petition visit http://www.amicustheunion.org/pdf/A4%20Petition%20rolls%20royce.pdf.

Notes to Editors
Billboard site address:
Kirkdale Road, Scotland Road
Crown Hotel Pub
L5 2QH

Contact Information

  • Karen Viquerat
    01704 546 500 or 07768931316
    Debbie Brannan
    07768 931271