MP's plea to support engineering workers under threat of cuts

MP's plea to support engineering workers under threat of cuts

By Gareth Dennison | 01/07/2020

MP's plea to support engineering workers under threat of cuts

 

SARAH Champion called on the Government to support workers in Rotherham facing redundancy from Rolls-Royce and McLaren.

The firms, which have bases at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, have announced a total of more than 10,000 job losses internationally.

The Rotherham MP asked in the House of Commons on Monday what other support would be in place in addition to universal credit.

She said afterwards: “With contraction across the economy expected, these are likely to be extremely challenging times for engineering workers and their families.

“With both Rolls-Royce and McLaren having already announced substantial job losses in the UK, many workers, including in Rotherham, are facing an uncertain future.
 
“These are well-paid, highly skilled jobs and their loss could have a devastating impact on our local economies.

“It is vital that the Government does everything that it can to support those made redundant.”

Welfare delivery minister Will Quince said: “Any job loss is regrettable, and we stand ready at the department to support people who do find themselves in that position.”

Ms Champion added: “The engineering businesses based at Rotherham’s Advanced Manufacturing Park are amongst the crown jewels of our local economy.

“Throughout the pandemic, I have fought for the Government to defend this vital sector.

“The sector needs determined and committed backing from the Government, and I will be doing everything I can to ensure that it receives it.”




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