Unite on sale of Vauxhall to the PSA Group: ‘we need access to the single market and customs union.’

March 7, 2017 at 6:51 am (engineering, Europe, posted by JD, Unite the union, workers)

Image result for picture Unite logo“We need every assistance from the government to give this sector a fighting chance. That absolutely includes committing now to securing access to the single market and customs union. This is the signal that the car industry needs in order to know that the UK government values this sector.”

-Len McCluskey

06 March 2017

Reacting today (Monday) to the news that General Motors has sold its European car interests to the French PSA Group, including the UK sites at Ellesmere Port, Toddington and Luton, the country’s biggest union, Unite has said that the fight begins now to secure a future for our plants.

General Motors’ sale to the makers of Peugeot brings to an end 35 years of manufacturing in the UK, but, said Len McCluskey, the UK plants are the most productive in the company’s stable, earning them the right to a future under the new owners.

Commenting Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “This has obviously been a very difficult time for the workforce, but their union has been and will continue to work day and night to fight for their interests.

“Now that General Motors has disposed of its UK sites, our focus switches to working with the new owners to persuade them of the evident merits of our plants and this excellent, loyal workforce.

“I am determined that we can convince the new boss, Mr Tavares, that it makes sense for him to continue to build in Britain. Our plants are the most productive in the European operation, the brand is strong here, the market for the products is here, so the cars must be made here.

“But there is also a role for the government to play.  The uncertainty caused by Brexit is harming the UK auto sector.  Wednesday’s Budget is a perfect opportunity for the government to make is clear that it will preserve our trading arrangements and that it will invest for our auto sector’s future now, beginning with assistance for the reshoring of components.

“We need every assistance from the government to give this sector a fighting chance. That absolutely includes committing now to securing access to the single market and customs union. This is the signal that the car industry needs in order to know that the UK government values this sector.”

Commenting on the future of the GM pension scheme, Len McCluskey added: “I have sought and have received urgent assurances from the PSA Group and General Motors as to their intentions towards the pensions of the UK workforce.

“It is vital that those who have saved hard for their retirement receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

“Unite will not allow our members to lose out, not by a penny.”

For further information please contact Pauline Doyle on 07976 832 861

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5 Comments

  1. John Rogan said,

    Labour are, slowly, morphing into Ukip-lite.

    “Labour’s Brexit spokesperson Baroness Hayter said that a vote to stay in the single market would have defied the will of the people on immigration.”

    http://uk.businessinsider.com/britain-will-leave-the-european-single-market-after-brexit-labour-bill-vote-2017-2

    • Mick said,

      Well? If you stay in the customs union and single market, you don’t leave the EU. The EU rigs the rules and cripples independent international trade. Not even Amber Rudd’s desire to retain the EU arrest warrant isn’t that insular and so full of contempt for the referendum.

      But as we know, trade unionists can be selective when it comes to a ballot, like during the Miners’ Strike.

  2. Mick said,

    Remoaners peddle the line that without the EU, all trade will drain away. But it will only be the same as usual, with some companies coming and some going.

    Brexit blockers say they fear everything closing but that happens in the EU and it happens under Labour. remember the outrage when Margaret ‘Hoxa’ Hodge told redundant car workers to stack shelves in Tesco?

    In fact, the government has had trade offers packing in from across the world and Commonwealth. We can host companies building all from cars to toasters, as well as master healthy export drives. We just have to get the punishment divisions coming at us from the EU dealt with first.

    • Glasgow Working Class said,

      Mick, it is strange that the right are leading on getting out of the EU.
      One would hav thought the left anti capitalists would be leading. But it does expose the left as supporting beaurocracy and jobs for the bhoys.

      • Mick said,

        Too many on the left mistake internationalism for being good PC Europeans, specifically synthetic Europeans in that they are members of an EU with a made up currency, made up head of state and made up anthem. And made up democracy in a made up parliament.

        Hence the paradox of socialists backing a cosy monopoly club, which loves to amalgamate its international trade deals without letting member states tailor their own.

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