Workers across Rolls Royce were dismayed last week at the company’s announcement that it is planning to cut 2,300 jobs from its 40,000 strong global workforce.
The company’s 23,300 workers in Britain have been left concerned by the plans. There has been no breakdown of the job cuts. News of the cuts comes when the company has an order book of more than £35 billion and reported annual sales in 2006 of £7.4 billion.
Unite union members from the Bootle Rolls-Royce plant in Merseyside took their fight to stop the closure of the site and save the 212 jobs to parliament on Tuesday of this week.
Workers from the plant lobbied local MPs and handed in a petition signed by 18,000 people to 10 Downing Street.
The company plans to shift production to its plant in Mount Vernon in the US.
This year will see the national executive elections for Britain’s biggest union Unite. These are crucial for the future direction of Unite, which was created by the merger of the Amicus and T&G unions
Candidates have been through the process of winning nominations from branches. Socialist Worker is supporting candidates from the Amicus Unity Gazette group.
For more information go to » www.unitenecelections.com
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