Unite welcomed Toyota’s confirmation of a platform upgrade at its Burnaston plant today (March 16), but urged the government to state now, that it will secure tariff free access to the European single market and customs union in Brexit negotiations to calm nerves in the UK car industry.
Unite, which is the biggest union representing workers in the industry and its supply chain, urged the government to move swiftly to secure access and invest in skills and technology to ensure the industry goes from strength to strength.
“The confirmation of this platform upgrade at Toyota is further evidence that the UK car industry and the people who work in it are among the best in the world at what they do,” said Unite general secretary Len McCluskey.
“Their skill and efficiency right through the supply chain to the production line is second to none. They need to know that the government has their back and will do whatever is necessary to ensure new models and new investment keeps coming to Britain.
“With discussions set to start on the replacement of models such as Vauxhall’s Astra and decisions due on BMW’s electric Mini, it is vital that government ministers calm nerves by stating they will secure tariff free access to the European single market and customs union in Brexit negotiations.
“This must also be backed up with investment in the UK’s supply chain and new technology to ensure the UK remains a world leader in car manufacturing. The car industry is one of the jewels in our nation’s manufacturing crown, government ministers must work with us to keep it that way.”