Urgent action needed to halt job loses, says T&G

The
Transport and General Workers’ Union says urgent action is needed by the
Government to stop manufacturing job losses.

T&G
general secretary Bill Morris said official figures show that 10,000
manufacturing jobs a week have been lost over the last three months, and the
Information and Consultation Directive should be introduced immediately to help
halt the slide.

"With
manufacturing haemorrhaging to death, we cannot go on like this," he said.
"At this rate, all we will be left with is to take in each other’s washing
using our imported washing machines."

The
union has called for urgent government action to be spearheaded by the
Department of Trade and Industry.

"The
DTI must act with a sense of urgency and set up a constructive dialogue with
the unions and industry," Morris said.

"The
workers’ voice has been silenced for too long. To halt this drift and exodus of
jobs, the Government should implement the Information and Consultation
Directive immediately."

By Quentin Reade

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