A public meeting in Derby this week was set to be the next stage in the fight to keep the town’s Bombardier trainmaking factory open.
The Tory government’s decision to hand the contract to build Thameslink train carriages to Siemens threatens thousands of jobs in Derby. Thousands of people marched in July against the decision.
The Derby Climate Coalition and Together for Transport groups have called this Thursday’s meeting. The four unions at the plant—the RMT, Unite, the GMB and the TSSA—are supporting it.
Speakers include Labour MPs Margaret Beckett and Chris Williamson, TSSA general secretary Gerry Doherty and RMT president Alex Gordon.
It is also believed that the unions are planning a protest at next week’s transport select committee at parliament.
And campaigners have launched an e-petition demanding that the government reverse or review its decision. Sign it at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/202
The key force in winning the fight will be the workers at the factory itself.
They will need to take more action—including protests, strikes and sit‑ins—to save their jobs.
There are also questions about the links between a key figure in the investment company backing Siemens’ bid for the contract and the government.
Michael Queen, the chief executive of 3i Group—whose subsidiary forms part of Siemens’ bid—is a member of the group of businessmen who advise David Cameron on economic policy.