Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union representing car workers welcomed today’s (Wednesday 18 September) news of Ineos Automotive’s decision to locate its new car assembly plant in Bridgend, Wales.

Responding to the news, Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “This is welcome news not just for Bridgend and the Welsh economy, but the wider automotive industry.

“I am seeking a meeting with Jim Ratcliffe and the Ineos team behind this venture to discuss the announcement in more detail and the opportunities it creates for both investment and direct jobs at the plant as well as the wider UK supply chain and logistics operations.

“Unite and its members are the beating heart of the UK’s automotive industry. We play a crucial role in working with major employers, component manufacturers, logistic companies and government at every level to ensure the UK car industry remains a world leader.

“We trust we will have the opportunity to work with Ineos to ensure its new Bridgend facility goes from strength to strength and is a source for decent, skilled, well paid jobs and apprenticeships for coming generations in the years ahead.”

Unite Wales secretary Peter Hughes said: “Ineos’ decision to locate in Bridgend is welcome news for the Welsh automotive sector. However in the context of the proposed closure of the Ford Bridgend Engine Plant it is clearly not enough in itself to mitigate the potential loss of 1,700 of the best manufacturing jobs in Wales.

“The Welsh government must ensure that Ineos lives up to the standards of what we expect in Wales from socially responsible employers. It is imperative that the jobs being created are of the highest quality, well paid and unionised, if they are to help mitigate the devastating effects envisaged by Ford’s proposals.

“Today’s announcement does not let Ford off the hook. We are still seeking assurances from Ford that it will explore every avenue available to ensure that the company keeps a solid economic footprint at Bridgend.”

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For more information journalists only please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 alex.flynn@unitetheunion.org

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.