Responding to news that De La Rue will not be appealing the government’s decision to award the production of the UK’s new blue passports to the French firm Gemalto, Unite national officer Louisa Bull said: “This news will come as a bitter blow to De La Rue workers who now face an uncertain future. Workers will feel let down that the company is not prepared to fight the government’s decision to ship the production of the new blue passport overseas. 

“For the last decade De La Rue has produced the UK’s passports securely without any problems and provided a source of decent well paid jobs in the North East.

“Theresa May and her government is now putting all that at risk with little thought of the consequences or the shockwaves that it will send through the community and local economy.

“It would not happen in France where they produce their own passports on grounds of national security and it should not happen here in UK.

“Unite will be working closely with De La Rue to seek assurances on jobs as well as supporting workers through these uncertain times.

“It need not be like this though. Unite and our members are mobilised and prepared to fight the government’s decision which represents a dark day for UK manufacturing.

“Theresa May needs to wake up to the anger her government’s short sighted job destroying decision has generated and intervene to back UK passport workers by ensuring Britain’s blue passports are made in the UK.”


For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.