WHAT: Photo and interview opportunity with Unite manufacturing representatives and Len McCluskey

WHERE: Old Palace Yard, opposite the House of Commons, Westminster, SW1P 3JY

WHEN: Tuesday 17 July from 11:00 

Unite shop stewards representing over 100,000 manufacturing workers from across the UK will join Unite general secretary Len McCluskey outside parliament tomorrow (Tuesday 17 July) from 11:00 with a giant roulette wheel to warn that the government’s Brexit chaos is gambling UK jobs away.

Shop stewards from manufacturing companies including: Airbus, BAE Systems, BMW, British Steel, Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Michelin, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Peugeot, Pirelli, Siemens, Tata Steel, Toyota and Vauxhall will be available for interview along with Unite general secretary Len McCluskey.

Tomorrow’s photo-call coincides with the remaining stage of the Trade bill and comes amid infighting and chaos within the Conservative party over Theresa May’s Chequers’ deal and white paper on Brexit.

Following the photo-call shop stewards will be holding a briefing session in parliament and will lobby Conservative MPs urging them to end the Brexit chaos and back UK manufacturing by supporting a customs union which secures workable frictionless trade with the EU.

Commenting ahead of tomorrow’s photo-call Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “The Tories are gambling with people’s jobs and our country’s manufacturing future.  

After two years Theresa May and her Conservative party are still fighting among themselves while the clock counts down on reaching a deal with the EU. 

“Theresa May’s white paper is a fudge which will not secure the workable frictionless trade that a customs union offers or  provide the protection from Trump’s trade war that key industries such as steel urgently need. 

“It is not just the jobs of those working in the bigger household name companies that are on the line, but also the hundreds of thousands employed by local factories and small businesses that are also part of a sector which sustains nearly 900,000 decent jobs in communities across the UK.

“As each day of Tory infighting passes people are growing increasingly nervous for their jobs and fear that the business investment needed to secure their futures will move elsewhere.

“At this rate, it will not be workers who will benefit from any so called Brexit dividend. 

“It’s time the Tories stopped spinning the roulette wheel and playing with people’s jobs. Theresa May and her Conservatives need to decide what comes first – Tory party self-interest or the people of 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.