The van-maker LDV went into administration this week, causing hundreds of redundancies at its Birmingham plant and threatening thousands of jobs in its supply chain.
The government had loaned the company £5 million in an attempt to secure a buy-out. But the Malaysian Weststar firm pulled out of a deal last week.
This shows how workers whose jobs and factories are threatened need to take action themselves to save them, rather than wait for the government or their union leaders.
In May Tony Woodley, the Unite union joint general secretary, even praised minister Liam Byrne for saving the plant.
Woodley said, “Without Liam Byrne LDV would have closed. Thank you very much for what you’ve done for the workers.”