Unite, the UK’s leading union, has welcomed plans by Coventry City Council and Regional City Airports to create an electric car battery factory (gigafactory) at Coventry airport. 

Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing, Steve Turner, said: “Unite welcomes Coventry City Council’s decision to take the initiative and partner in a strategic alliance with Regional City Airports to ensure the UK’s first Gigafactory lands in the West Midlands. 

“Creating thousands of skilled well-paid jobs, this factory would be the first of seven battery plants required across the UK to support the transition of automotive – the jewel in the crown of our manufacturing sector – from the combustion engine to full electric vehicles. 

“Government must now step up to provide direct support and investment of its own, taking a stake in this exciting development. It must also ensure that an integrated strategy – one that takes in energy supply, infrastructure and the manufacture of associated cathodes, anodes and cells – is in place.

“This opportunity to bring together the very best of West Midlands manufacturers and suppliers with the world’s leading battery manufacturers cannot be missed. Nor can its importance be overstated to the future of the sector. 

“This project is crucial to thousands of jobs, local communities and the national economy, as we recover and rebuild from Covid and tackle the climate emergency head on.”

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