Plans announced today (Tuesday 6 November) by Schaeffler to close its factories in Llanelli and Plymouth were described as yet another ‘body blow’ for UK automotive workers, by Unite the union, which vowed to fight for every job as it sought to avert the closures.

Unite Wales secretary Peter Hughes said: “News of the closure of the Schaeffler plant is a huge blow to Llanelli and will strip the town and the wider Welsh economy of decent jobs.

“Unite will be meeting with our members and engaging actively with the company and the Welsh government to look at alternatives to closure of the plant. We will leave no stone unturned as we fight to save jobs and secure a future for manufacturing in Wales.”

Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke: “This is yet another body blow for the UK’s automotive supply chain and the wider car industry. It should leave no one in any doubt as to what is in store if the UK crashes out of the European Union without a deal that secures tariff free frictionless trade.

“The uncertainty surrounding the Tories’ shambolic handling of Brexit and their piecemeal industrial strategy is having real consequences. Behind the closures and the uncertainty currently gripping the car industry and component manufacturing are people with bills to pay and families to feed.

“Unite will be giving our members across the sites affected our maximum support and scrutinising the rationale behind the closures as we fight to save as many jobs possible and avert these closures.

“Theresa May and her government must step up to the plate by securing a jobs first Brexit and delivering an industrial strategy that actively supports UK manufacturing.”

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For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 

Notes to editors:

  • Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.