Delphi plant on Merseyside set to close with loss of 175 jobs, but workers choose to give hardship fund to local charities


More than forty years of manufacturing at the Delphi plant in Kirkby will come to an end this April – but generous union members have set aside their sadness to put local Liverpool charities first.

The workers, Unite members, have decided to split their workplace hardship fund between a number of local charities across Merseyside, meaning voluntary organisations are in line for a share of a £14,000 pot.

The Delphi plant makes electronic car components for major companies such as Jaguar, GM and Peugeot but is due to close in April putting all 175  workers in its manufacturing facility out of work.

However, workers at the Kirkby plant have agreed to use their £ 7,000 fund, which Delphi management has agreed to match, to help support fourteen Merseyside charities.

The £14 ,000 was presented to the various charities yesterday by Unite Convenor, Peter Carroll at the Delphi plant in Kirkby .

Unite national officer Tony Murphy said: “While the closure is a very sad day for the hard working loyal workforce who have given years of service to the company, it is no surprise that the shop stewards and members decided to make these donations and persuaded the company to match the amount.”

Unite regional officer Phil Allman said: “It is typical of the generosity of this workforce that even when faced with the sadness of closure, and where some have never worked anywhere else since they left school, that they think of others.  They have done us proud.”

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