Up to 650 job losses at bus maker Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), including at sites in Guildford, Scarborough and Falkirk, are a ‘devastating blow’ for workers and their communities, Unite said today (Monday 27 July).
 
Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, said it is working with ADL to minimise redundancies, which are part of a restructuring by the bus makers’ Canada-based parent firm NFI Group Inc.
 
The union called on the government to bring forward £3 billion plans to get 4,000 new green buses on the UK’s roads to prevent job losses amongst the firm’s 2,500 strong workforce.  
 
Unite national officer Steve Bush said: “This is a devastating blow for Alexander Dennis workers and their communities. Unite will be doing everything possible to support our members at this difficult time and we will be working with ADL to ensure the company explores all possible avenues to minimise redundancies. 
 
“The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the automotive sector greatly. However, ADL is in a good position to take advantage of the need to reduce the carbon footprint of the UK’s passenger transport network. Unite is clear ADL must not impact its future operating capacity by cutting jobs opportunistically for the sake of short-term savings.
 
“The government also has its part to play. This month Boris Johnson reiterated that £3 billion will be allocated for 4,000 green buses to be built. Those plans must be activated as soon as possible to save jobs and get the UK on the road to cleaner public transport.
 
“As Unite has emphasised in correspondence with minister for transport Grant Shapps, the easiest way to achieve this would be for the government to purchase the buses directly from manufacturers. The government could then lease them to the bus operators, many of whom are delaying orders because their cash flows have been impacted by the lockdown.” 

 
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During the coronavirus crisis Unite is working to keep workers and the public safe, to defend jobs and to protect incomes. 
 
For media enquires ONLY contact Unite communications officer Ryan Fletcher on 07849 090215.
 
Email: ryan.fletcher@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.