Unite the Union

Unite the Union

February 20, 2008 19:01 ET

Unite Challenge Chief Executive Over Rolls-Royce Closure

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2008) -

For publication on: Thursday 21st February 2008

Attention: news, industrial and labour correspondents

Unite the union will today (Thursday 21st February 2008) challenge Sir John Rose, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce, on the company's decision to close its plant in Bootle and move production to America.

MPs supporting Unite's campaign for UK manufacturing will ask Sir John Rose to explain why the company has decided to pull the plug on production at the Rolls-Royce plant in Merseyside costing more than 200 highly skilled jobs.

Sir John Rose has been asked to give evidence on the future of high value-added manufacturing in the UK in front of the Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Committee. MPs will use the opportunity to quiz the Chief Executive on comments he has made about Rolls Royce shifting more of its production from the UK to low cost economies.

MPs on the committee who will be questioning Sir John Rose on Thursday include Roger Berry (Kingswood), Tony Wright (Great Yarmouth) and Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley). Rolls-Royce workers from the threatened Bootle plant and from other Rolls Royce sites across the UK will also attend the inquiry at Portcullis House, London.

Derek Simpson, Unite Joint General Secretary said:

"It is ironic that Sir John Rose, one of the UK's foremost business leaders, is invited to give evidence on the future of UK manufacturing whilst presiding over the loss of a highly-skilled workforce on Merseyside and over 2000 of its global workforce, including some within the UK.

His recent comment that more UK workers will lose their jobs is causing more widespread concern for Rolls-Royce workers and the future of UK manufacturing.

We are not only fighting to keep Rolls-Royce skilled jobs on Merseyside but to secure future quality jobs and skills throughout the UK. We will continue to campaign against any proposals from Rolls-Royce to move UK manufacturing jobs abroad."

Hundreds of people rallied in Liverpool earlier this month in protest against the decision to close its Bootle factory.

Notes to Editor

The session will begin at 9.15 am on Thursday 21st February 2008 at Portcullis House, London.

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