Britain’s largest union, Unite today vowed to fight ‘distressing’ jobs losses at Brush Generators in Loughborough, after the firm owned by Melrose, announced plans today (Thursday 1 February) to cut up to 270 jobs and shift production overseas.

Warning that the job losses would ‘hollow’ out the region’s engineering skills base, Unite said it would be challenging the rationale behind the plans which would deprive the local community of decent well paid work.

Melrose, is currently embroiled in a battle to take over aerospace and automotive engineering firm GKN.

Commenting, Unite national officer Linda McCulloch said: “Unite will be fighting to save jobs and protect our members’ interests. This is a highly skilled workforce who contributes massively to the local economy and wider UK engineering and manufacturing sector.

“Offshoring their jobs will deny the local community of decent well paid work and further hollow out the region’s engineering skill base.

“Unite is far from convinced of the case behind this move and will be challenging the rationale during the consultation.

“Over the coming days and weeks, Unite will be giving maximum support to our members through this distressing time as we fight to protect jobs and skills.”

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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.