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Unite slams GKN Birmingham web site closure plan | Automotive Trade Information
GKN’s Birmingham Erdington closure plan has been met with fury by union and native MP
British labour physique, Unite, says it “fully rejects the false notion there may be not a long-term viable future for the GKN Birmingham manufacturing unit,” whose deliberate closure was confirmed by the provider.
Unite maintains the choice marketing strategy to maintain the driveline plant open has been rejected by GKN Automotive, following the corporate’s announcement earlier this yr it was to shut the Chester Highway manufacturing unit in 2022 with the lack of greater than 500 jobs.
GKN’s Chester Highway web site is within the Erdington space of Birmingham and can come as a blow to the area, which has historically been on the coronary heart of UK automotive manufacturing and lots of of its suppliers.
Earlier this month (Could, 2021) a joint consultative committee comprising members of Unite and native administration on the manufacturing unit offered an alternate marketing strategy, setting out a protracted–time period future for the location.
Nevertheless, the union stated whereas praising the content material of the choice marketing strategy, GKN Automotive rejected its findings and said they wished to maneuver ahead to the subsequent stage of the session course of.
“This can be a deeply disappointing response from GKN Automotive,” stated Unite convenor on the plant, Frank Duffy. “Unite fully rejects the false notion there may be not a long-term viable future for the GKN Birmingham manufacturing unit.”
The union beforehand raised issues surrounding the doable lack of expert manufacturing from Britain on the web site, which produces drivelines for GKN, however the provider insisted the manufacturing unit was now not viable in an more and more aggressive international market.
“GKN Automotive has absolutely thought-about the counter proposals put ahead,” stated a GKN Automotive spokesman. “Nevertheless, the outlook for the extremely aggressive automotive market stays unchanged.
“Regretfully, due to this fact, we’re continuing with our proposal to shut the location. Supporting our individuals continues to be our precedence.”
For his half, Unite nationwide officer for the automotive sector, Des Quinn, added: “Unite calls on all events together with central authorities, native authorities, the provision chain, prospects and GKN Automotive to return collectively and make sure the manufacturing unit’s future.
“The UK’s automotive sector wants e-drive suppliers and a sustainable provide chain or your complete UK automotive sector is prone to collapse.
“GKN Birmingham has the flexibility to produce the e-drives the UK’s automotive sector desperately wants, it simply wants the imaginative and prescient, assist and funding to make sure it has an important position to play within the electrification of UK automobiles.
“To ensure that the electrification of vehicles to be successful within the UK, it’s important GKN stays open and full functioning and to ensure that that to be achieved it wants authorities assist.”
The UK-headquartered international provider is three years into its new organisation, following Melrose Industries’ controversial acquisition of the enterprise after the British authorities reportedly waved via the acquisition, concluding it raised no nationwide safety issues on the defence aspect of GKN’s actions.
“This determination is devastating for the 519 staff on the Chester Highway plant,” added Birmingham Erdington MP, Jack Dromey.
“The employees, supported by the union, Unite, labored tirelessly to supply a complete and detailed various plan to closure. It’s due to this fact essentially fallacious GKN/Melrose have now referred to as time on the session course of and as a substitute intend to push forward with closure.
“GKN Chester Highway is important, not simply to Erdington and the West Midlands economic system, but additionally the entire automotive trade within the UK. If the plant had been to shut, it will be a betrayal of the 519 staff, of British automotive and the British nationwide curiosity.
“I’ll due to this fact be searching for pressing discussions with the chief govt of GKN and the federal government, who’ve publicly indicated their dedication to supply assist to permit the plant to stay open.
“The employees at GKN and their union, Unite, are decided to maintain the plant open. As their MP, they’ve my complete and never-ending assist.”