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Official figures damning indictment of government’s industrial strategy

Today’s (Tuesday 2 April) analysis by the Office for National Statistics of UK manufacturing performance between 2008 and 2018 is a damning indictment of the government’s industrial strategy, Britain and Ireland’s largest union Unite said.

Commenting Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Steve Turner said: “These latest figures, showing that UK manufacturing is smaller than before the financial crash, are a damning indictment of the government’s industrial strategy.

“Key industries, such as steel, have gone into reverse during the period while the government did little to tackle the dumping of cheap foreign steel and the sky high energy costs UK steel producers face.

“During the same time the UK’s car and aerospace industries have kept the sector afloat, but all that hard work now risks being undone thanks to the government’s Brexit chaos, which comes amid weakening global car sales and the demonisation of diesel by ministers.

“We are in the middle of a manufacturing emergency with 130 manufacturing jobs being lost every day in the UK.

“The government needs to shake off its complacency by delivering on its fine words about its industrial strategy with practical support and action for UK manufacturing and the car industry.

“This must include buying UK steel for infrastructure projects and utilising the talents of UK manufacturing communities to build major assets, such as the Royal Navy’s solid support vessels, here in the UK.”

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For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 alex.flynn@unitetheunion.org
 
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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Unite's Steve Turner