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Fight is on to defend Rolls Royce jobs

Issue No. 2079

Rolls Royce workers in the Unite union around the country are to stage a protest over plans to close a plant in Bootle, Merseyside, with the loss of more than 200 jobs.

After a meeting of union reps from a number of plants across Liverpool last week, it was decided to stage a day of protest on 3 December.

Debbie Brannan, Unite regional officer, said, “This is clearly saying it isn’t just about us in Bootle, the fight is about all the Rolls Royce employees in Britain. We want to keep this profitable manufacturing site.”

The company announced a decision to close the site in November.

The Dunningsbridge Road plant assembles and tests industrial gas turbines used by the gas and oil industries and includes among its clients BP and Shell.

Unite senior rep Dermott Finn said, “We’re going to fight this. Our colleagues’ support will be invaluable during this time.

“We believe that with their and the community’s backing we can win this fight, but we must all pull together to keep Rolls Royce on Merseyside.”

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Tue 27 Nov 2007, 18:48 GMT
Issue No. 2079
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