GMB trade union have reacted to Friday’s announcement by luxury car maker Bentley that they are seeking to make 1,000 staff redundant at their factory in Crewe Cheshire describing it as another bitter blow to manufacturing in the region at the worst possible time.
Bentley currently employs 4,200 staff at Crewe with the proposed redundancies accounting for around a quarter of their employees. The company have said the redundancies will initially be voluntary.
GMB union Convenor Simon Wright said:
“This is a bitter blow not only for our GMB union members at the Bentley factory, but to the local economy and employment in the region. These are high quality skilled jobs, the like of which will be difficult to replace. Bentley is a mark of distinction with a global reputation and we are able to attract the highest calibre of employee ensuring the very highest manufacturing standards.
GMB union Organiser Karen Lewis added:
"Unfortunately this announcement is another reminder of the impact of Covid 19 not only on our members and their communities, but on manufacturing and jobs across the UK. We will be calling on the government to bring forward the type of support for the sector seen in other countries across Europe”.
Contact Karen Lewis (GMB Trade Union Organiser):
Simon Wright (GMB Trade Union Rep)
Tel. +44 (0)1270 220127
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