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Workers To Fight Rolls-Royce Jobs Cuts 

Workers at Rolls-Royce’s Ansty plant in Coventry are to have a mass meeting on Monday to voice their opposition to plans to cut up to 1,300 jobs.

They are to be balloted on taking action against the decision to shift 600 jobs from the energy section to Canada and 50 jobs in the marine department to Bristol.

Although strike action has been ruled out at this stage, representatives of the MSF union have pledged to take their fight around the world.

And they threatened that industrial action would be taken if there were any compulsory redundancies.

A statement released in response to yesterday’s news said:

“We are extremely disappointed that Rolls-Royce has decided to react to short-term business difficulties in this way.

“It is our belief that the proposed approach will cause significant long-term damage to the prospects of the business and we intend to oppose it with every means at our disposal.

“We believe that Rolls-Royce will suffer irreparable damage from the loss of a skilled and committed workforce and the discontinuation of Energy business activities at the Ansty site.”

Negotiators are putting together a counter-proposal to outline the viability of keeping the energy business at Ansty.

The representatives said:

"We fail to recognise the long-term strategy that necessitates the re-location of jobs from within the UK to Canada. It is our intention to solicit support for alternatives, which seek to protect jobs and the valuable resources we have at Ansty, at every opportunity.

“We will be working together with other trade unions, community groups, local and national government in order to achieve this.”

One immediate demand has been to stop using sub-contracted labour at Ansty, as this is believed to under-mining permanent positions.

“We intend to refuse co-operation with any transfer of our work and have secured international trade union support for this action.

The MSF group at Ansty is well organised and supported. Our membership is made up of highly qualified and experienced technical staff. We are capable of resisting these proposals and intend to fight all attempts to unreasonably reduce the Energy businesses workforce at Ansty.”

Coventry Socialist group leader Cllr Dave Nellist called on people in the city to back the Rolls-Royce workers.

He said:

“Clearly this butchery cannot be allowed to happen. A fightback must be launched. Job losses of this scale will have a serious effect on Coventry, coming within days of announcements of 140 jobs to go at Nova Fabrications, 40 at Coventry Contract Services and 25 at Godiva Windows.

“Not only could a total of 1,500 direct jobs be lost, but the effect will be felt further down the chain from component suppliers to local shops. The opportunity for young people leaving school to go into apprenticeships will be reduced. “

“Whilst the nature of the fightback will be decided by the workers in the plant, other trades unionists and the wider community in our city must not leave it to Rolls Royce workers alone to defend these jobs.  We must stand together.”


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