Unite, UK’s largest union for car workers called on Tory ministers to put the livelihoods of the nation’s car workers and manufacturers ahead of ‘self-interested political ambition’ after warnings from Toyota today (Tuesday 2 October) that a ‘bad Brexit’ deal would impact on investment decisions.
Speaking to the BBC at the Paris motor show Toyota’s European chief Johan van Zyl warned that an inability to sell into the EU market duty free would harm its UK operations and impact on investment decisions.
Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: “How loud do the alarm bells need to ring before the penny drops with Theresa May and her shambolic government that a hard Brexit or a no deal Brexit will harm investment and damage the UK car industry?
“While ministers race for pole position with the Tory faithful on who will succeed Theresa May, the country is hurtling towards a cliff edge Brexit. Tory ministers need to stop gambling with people’s jobs and put the livelihoods of the UK’s car workers and those in the supply chain ahead of their own self-interested political ambitions.
“The jobs at stake in the car industry and its supply chain are quality jobs that pay a decent wage and sustain communities and towns across the UK. The message is clear from manufacturers and the workers who have worked so hard to make the UK car industry great again, don’t throw away the jewel in the UK’s manufacturing crown by tying our hands behind our back.
“We need a Brexit deal that protects jobs and secures tariff free access and the frictionless trade which our car industry needs to go from strength to strength.”
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.