Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, is seeking reassurances about the long-term future of the Bombardier train factory in Derby following the announcement today (Monday 17 February) that the company is to be purchased by the French giant Alstom.

Unite has already received assurances from senior executives at Bombardier about the future of the train factory, and will now hold urgent talks with Alstom.

Sale to Alstom

Although the sale of the business was announced today, Unite understands the sale will not be completed for 12-18 months.

World class workforce 

Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “The Bombardier factory in Derby is a first class facility with a world class workforce.

 “Unite has already received assurances from Bombardier that the sale of the company will not affect the Derby factory and its workers and the union will now seek an urgent meeting with Alstom to receive similar guarantees.

 “Over the coming months Unite will be working with its sister unions in both the European Union and in North America to ensure that our members’ concerns about the sale are fully understood and that their terms and conditions are in no way diminished.”

Unsettling time

Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands Paresh Patel said: “Unite will be watching closely as to what this sale will mean for our members and our priority will be to secure guarantees over our members jobs, pay, terms and conditions of employment. 

“This is obviously a highly unsettling time for the workforce and Unite will be providing as much information as quickly as possible about Alstom’s plans including long–term investment for the Derby factory.

 “Once Unite fully understands Alstom’s plans, we will be ensuring that our members’ interests at the Derby factory and in its supply chain are fully protected.”


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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

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