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‘Backbone of this industry’

Conference convened to secure future of UK auto industry
Shaun Noble, Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Unite is building an alliance between the workforce and the industry to secure a future for the UK automotive sector.


At a conference this Saturday (March 25), Unite will bring together representatives of its 95,000 auto members with industry leaders to outline a programme of investment and development of a vital UK industry.


Speakers at the conference will include Unite general secretary Len McCluskey.


He will be joined by David Bailey, professor of industrial strategy at Aston University and Mike Hawes, chief executive of the influential Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.


Media are invited to attend.


Ahead of the conference, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said,“Unite is the foremost union for the UK’s car workers. Our members have worked tirelessly to turn this industry into the world class performer it is today.


“They work across more than 30 manufacturers building some 70 different models of vehicle. They are supported in this by more than 2,000 component providers employing hundreds of thousands of workers, including some of the world’s most skilled engineers.


“It provides good, skilled jobs for working people and it makes a substantial contribution to the UK exchequer,” he added.


“We are coming to Birmingham, a city with deep roots in car making, to say that Unite’s members are the backbone of this industry and must have full engagement in its future direction.”


Securing a Future for the UK Auto Industry will bring together workers from all the major auto manufacturers and supply chain businesses to develop a plan of action to safeguard the country’s world-class auto industry, a sector with a £71.6bn turnover.


The issues of automation, electrification, investment and the digital revolution in manufacturing will also be raised.


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