Unite and Hitachi urge govt for immediate investment in British isles practice manufacturers
The Unite union has written to Chris Grayling, with Hitachi’s backing, warning the govt to support British isles manufacturing, employment and expertise by investing in rail infrastructure or threat “shunting the UK’s rail manufacturing renaissance into the sidings.”
The letter from Unite to the transport secretary phone calls for new rolling stock contracts to be awarded to British isles factories and warns its associates at Hitachi are “increasingly anxious that devoid of new work there are at this time no new orders in the pipeline.”
Unite’s assistant general secretary Steve Turner warned that significant-top quality qualified employment which maintain communities could be hit unless the govt delivers forward new passenger practice contracts and awards them to organizations in the British isles.
It adds that a recognition arrangement with Hitachi Rail strengthens the voice of the workforce, with the rail company’s Newton Aycliffe site home to a sizeable workforce and is a “powerhouse of the regional overall economy.”
Turner warns: “All this tough work could be brief lived, with the UK’s rail manufacturing renaissance shunted into the sidings, if the govt does not provide forward the investment needed to enhance our regional and intercity networks and award contracts for new rolling stock to British isles-dependent practice manufacturers as portion of a good industrial approach supporting British isles Plc.
“As the union representing staff used throughout British isles practice manufacturing, Unite seems to be forward to performing constructively with Hitachi Rail and guaranteeing Newton Aycliffe goes from power to power with a protected future and a strong collective voice for the workforce.”
Unite emphasised the impact Hitachi’s site and investment experienced on the area, with the £100m site home to the new Azuma practice thanks for the East Coast Primary Line, which the union claims has now led to about £600m spent with suppliers.
Turner included: “With govt investment in rolling stock and rail network improvement now extensive overdue, significantly throughout our northern networks, there is the opportunity for extensive-expression steadiness in the sector securing employment and expertise along with apprenticeships at all British isles factories.”
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