Over 200 people attended a meeting called by the Derby Climate Coalition to support Bombardier workers.
Bombardier, Britain’s only remaining train manufacturer, is making 1,400 of its 3,000 workforce redundant after the government’s decision to award the Thameslink train-building contract to Siemens.
Speakers included Bombardier workers, trade unionists, climate change activists and local MPs.
Right to Work activist Sue Arguile argued from the floor that if the government could find the money to nationalise the banks then Bombardier in Derby could also be nationalised.
That would save jobs in the local area—and make sure that trains continue to be built at the plant.
Bombardier workers were set to lobby parliament on Wednesday.