Unite members urge administrators to keep manufacturing in Coventy and the black cab on the road


Sacked workers from the Coventry black cab maker Manganese Bronze on Saturday took to the streets of Coventry to build public support for Unite’s campaign to Save Our Black Cabs.

The workers urged shoppers in Broadgate to support their campaign to ensure that the iconic black cab continues to be built in Coventry.

The campaign is also being supported by Unite’s London black cab members who will be playing a key role to save the black cab.

Last month, Manganese Bronze went into administration putting the future of Britain’s only black cab maker at risk. The administrators, PWC (Price Waterhouse Coopers) which is managing the sale of the company’s assets sacked 156 workers and there is now a very real risk that the company could collapse, or the black cab could end up being built abroad.

Unite is urging PWC and any potential buyer to keep manufacturing in Coventry and the black cab on the road.

Unite regional officer Peter Coulson said: “The black cab is part of Britain’s manufacturing heritage, but they are at risk of being built abroad or even disappearing from our roads altogether. We believe a British icon should be built in Britain.

“We expect the administrator PWC to do everything possible to ensure any potential buyer commits to building the black cab here in Coventry. Over the coming weeks we will be stepping up our campaign and gathering support to persuade PWC to do the right thing because you can’t put a price on a world famous icon.”

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