Union warns knock-on affect of government decision will damage UK economy


Nearly one thousand UK companies stand to lose out as a result of the government’s decision to award the Thameslink fleet contract to German company Siemens rather Bombardier in Derby, says the RMT.

Bombardier are cutting 1,400 staff after missing out on the contract, but they are not alone. Other companies hit by the decision are spread all over the country, including firms in the constituencies of David Cameron, Nick Clegg, George Osborne and Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “The survey of the Bombardier supply chain shows that, along with the jobs in Derby and at the maintenance depots in the south east, thousands more are on the line the length and breadth of the country including on the doorstep of David Cameron and his Cabinet colleagues.

“Politicians must understand just what’s at stake for the UK economy. The fight to defend train building in the nation that gave the railways to the world, in the teeth of Government inaction and EU diktat, remains well and truly on.”

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