GMB Members Rally On Fri 23 Oct With Local MP At Caparo Automotive Plant In Oldbury For Government Action To Save Steel Industry
The steel industry has been the cornerstone of the industrial life of the Black Country and without action this industry will be completely destroyed says GMB.
GMB members employed at the Caparo automotive parts manufacturing plant at Rood End Road in Oldbury will hold a protest rally on the state of the steel industry outside the plant at 1.00pm on Friday 23rd October. Caparo went into administration on Monday 19th October.
This plant employs up to 250 workers making components for the automotive industry. Some of their customers are Honda, Ford, Rolls Royce and British Aerospace.
Adrian Bailey Labour Party MP West Bromwich West MP will be there from 12.45pm to 1.30pm to meet and talk to GMB members affected by the company going into administration.
The details of the rally are as follows:
Outside Caparo site
Rood End Road
West Midlands, B69 4NN
There will be members there with flags and banners. They will be available for interview.
Russell Farrington, GMB Organiser, said "The majority of the jobs at Caparo are highly skilled manufacturing jobs based here in Sandwell making products for Honda, Ford, Rolls Royce and British Aerospace.
GMB are obviously concerned about the impact on our members and have been working this week to support them at this difficult time.
GMB have arranged for workers at the troubled company's site in Oldbury to meet Adrian Bailey to listen to their concerns at this worrying time.
The steel industry has been the cornerstone of the industrial life of the Black Country."
If we don't do something soon, this industry will be completely destroyed. Around 1500 employees of Caparo in this region alone are facing the prospect of losing their jobs.
Adrian Bailey will listen to our members and take their concerns back to Parliament."
Adrian Bailey MP added “This is a grim day for employees in the Black Country. It is a reflection of the wider problems within the steel industry and the indifference of the government to a situation which has been obvious for a long time.
I am pressing the Government to bring forward a number of measures on business rates, energy costs and steel dumping to release pressure on our industry.”
Russell Farrington on 07957 266840 or Joe Morgan 07794 247 960 or Sam Jones on 07939 874 272 or Stephanie Peacock on 07841 763521