HYDRO ALUMINIUM Motorcast announced last week that it intends to close its Leeds factory. This will mean a loss of over 600 jobs over the next 15 months. The Amicus shop stewards have told the workforce at the factory that they intend to fight these proposals by whatever means necessary. The workforce has given us 100 percent support.
At a series of mass meetings the workforce have intimated that they will not give up their jobs without a fight. The shop stewards at the factory are presently discussing their campaign strategy. They plan to release the details shortly. The company makes cylinder heads and blocks for the Ford, General Motors, Saab, Rover and Bentley motor companies. Norsk Hydro owns Hydro Aluminium Motorcast. The Norwegian government has a 46 percent stake in Norsk Hydro.
The JP Morgan bank owns an additional 16 percent. Norsk Hydro has additional cylinder head making facilities in Germany and Austria. These countries have stricter rules in place with regard to plant closures and consultation. The present government has failed to address this by refusing to repeal the anti trade union laws.
Some of our work is to be transferred to Hungary and the Far East to take advantage of low pay and poor health and safety conditions.