North West MEP calls on EU to protect Rolls Royce jobs

Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels, Theresa Griffin, Labour MEP for the North West of England, has called on the Commission to act to protect jobs in Rolls-Royce in the UK.

Following the announcement by Rolls-Royce of 3,000 job losses across the UK, Labour MEPs including Labour MEP for the North West Theresa Griffin, Labour MEP and leader of the Labour Group in the European Parliament Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the South East Clare Moody and Labour MEP for the North East Jude Kirton-Darling, met with representatives of workers, union representatives and the European Commission to call for urgent European action to tackle this crisis.

Theresa Griffin said, “In the North West Rolls-Royce employ 1,500 people, in addition to this they also sub-contract to other companies who now face an uncertain future.

“These cuts are a huge loss of skills to the UK economy and will result in Rolls-Royce outsourcing high-tech manufacturing jobs overseas to plug the skills gap in the future.

“I was shocked to learn that the recently announced £6.1bn deal between Rolls-Royce and Emirates will not generate UK jobs. In fact, it will not even prevent further job losses.

“Since 1997, Rolls-Royce has received £680m from the UK Government as well as additional EU funding. I would expect their priority to be protecting jobs in the UK.

“I will continue to work with Rolls-Royce employees and Unite the Union to fight to keep jobs here in the UK. We have called for action at an EU level and my Labour colleagues and I will continue to do everything we can to keep jobs here in the North West.”

Tony Tinley, Unite’s Regional Officer added:

“This has been a very useful meeting and I’d like to thank the MEPs for their time. I am pleased to find that Glenis and her colleagues share our concerns regarding Rolls-Royce’s current industrial strategy and understand the concerning impact that this has on the UK economy and job market.

“We have agreed to meet again to see what support Europe can provide to our members and I look forward to working together to protect UK jobs.”