Unite has today reacted with extreme disappointment at today’s news that GE plans to axe a further 369 Jobs at its site in Nantgarw, South Wales. The announcement comes on the back of 180 posts going after the company recently opened a voluntary severance scheme for workers at the site. The further reductions would mean that the site would see a reduction it its headcount of almost 40 per cent since the beginning of the year.

Peter Hughes, Unite Wales regional secretary, commented: “Today’s news from GE is further devastating news for Welsh workers, Welsh manufacturing and the Welsh economy. GE is yet another of Wales’ flagship employers that is shedding hundreds of high quality jobs whilst the UK government watches from the side-lines.

"Our members at GE and their families will be extremely worried about their futures today. Unite will stand completely behind our members and will not move an inch from our position that compulsory redundancies must be ruled out.

"Whilst we accept that the aerospace sector and GE are under enormous pressure at present it is crucial that the company does not rush headlong into this. The company needs to pause its plans and work with us to seek an urgent UK government sector deal for aerospace that could save these jobs. It is scandalous that governments in both France and Germany are taking the action now to save aerospace jobs whilst the chancellor focuses on gimmicks such as meal deals for August. Thousands of workers across Wales are screaming for government action to defend their jobs, Boris Johnson needs to act, and act now."

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Notes to editors:

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

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