Amicus has announced a Parliamentary meeting with MPs with Bombardier plants in their constituencies over fears for the future of the company in the UK.
Bombardier is conducting a European wide restructuring exercise and Bombardier’s Chief Executive, Paul Tellier, has already identified operations in the UK and Germany as most likely to face rationalisation and closure.
Amicus says that a gap in orders from 2005-08 threatens Bombardier’s Derby plant and that of another Bombardier plant in Crewe.
‘The closure of the Derby or Crewe plants would be devastating for manufacturing and the future of train building in the UK,’ said Paul Reuter, Amicus’ National Transport Officer. ‘This wouldn’t just impact on the 3000 jobs at the two plants but would cost thousands more service, refurbishment and supply jobs that depend on these plants.
‘UK rolling stock orders are already being carried out in mainland Europe, including Bombardier who have moved UK new build orders for Midland Mainline to Belgium, yet the Derby plants operating costs are cheaper than the European plants they are losing out to.’
German politicians are said to be lobbying Bombardier to prevent job cuts in their country and Amicus says skilled British train builders deserve the same support.
The union is lobbying for stronger UK employment protection laws to ‘ensure a level playing field with those in mainland Europe.’ Amicus says lesser employment protection makes it quicker and cheaper to cut jobs in the UK rather than in countries that are in competition with the UK. Amicus is also arguing for a review of UK government procurement policies.
The Bombardier meeting with MPs has been arranged for Wednesday 17th December 2003 in Portcullis House, Westminster.