Unite Wales has today reacted with anger to news that the Ineos investment in Bridgend could be in doubt. The company has confirmed that it is looking at France as an alternative option for the assembly of its new Grenadier vehicles.

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales Secretary commented;

“If Ineos back out of their commitment to assemble their new Grenadier vehicles in Bridgend, any pretence that the company has a commitment to the UK will be out of the window. Jim Radcliffe very publically backed Brexit and said the country would thrive outside of the EU. How does pulling the plug on the Bridgend investment fit into that narrative? 

This would be a massive kick in the teeth for the Welsh Government who have worked very hard to try and secure this investment into Bridgend. Following the closure of the Ford Bridgend engine plant, Ineos was seen as a viable future employment option for the 1700 workers who have lost their jobs.

If Ineos want to market this vehicle with the stamp of the UK on it, then Bridgend has to be its assembly site. Jim Radcliffe should follow his own rhetoric and back Britain, British manufacturing and British workers. Anything else will be seen as a betrayal”.

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.