Unite Wales has warmly welcomed the announcement that Britishvolt has signed a memorandum of understanding with Welsh Government to invest £1.2bn in an electric battery manufacturing factory in St.Athan, South Wales.

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales Regional Secretary commented;

“If the Britishvolt investment can be secured it would be an enormous boost to the Welsh manufacturing sector. Welsh Government have done a tremendous job in securing the memorandum of understanding, which leaves St.Athan as the only site Britishvolt will consider for this ground breaking facility. The onus now is on the UK Government to seal the deal by ensuring they provide the necessary funding through their automotive transformation fund.

If Wales can become a future hub for green manufacturing it would stand the country in good stead as we try to rebuild our manufacturing base following the damage caused through the coronavirus crisis. Unite is 100% behind this project and will fully support efforts to get it over the line”.

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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.