Unions call for government intervention to end cull of manufacturing jobs

Cabinet ministers will today face demands for action to stem a ‘crude cull’ in manufacturing jobs.

The GMB union claims job losses in the sector have leapt 171 per cent in one month. In August firms announced 2,319 job cuts, while in September 6,289 workers were told they were being axed.

Protest letters are to be sent to ministers demanding more government intervention to stop profit-making firms cutting jobs.

Since January, more than 45,000 manufacturing job losses have been announced. Since Labour came to power the total is more than 750,000.

Derek Simpson, general secretary of manufacturing union Amicus, told the Daily Mirror: “Anyone who believes there isn’t a crisis is in cloud cuckoo land. When is this crude cull going to end?”

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