Train building

26 July 2005

ASLEF today called for government investment in Train building. The call came as Canada based train builder Bombardier slashed 700 jobs. 560 went in Derby, 165 in Ilford and 23 elsewhere in Britain.

"It is economic idiocy for key decisions about Britain"s last train Building enterprise to be made in Montreal rather than our country" said ASLEF acting general secretary Keith Norman.

"These job cuts weaken a key sector of the economy already brought to Its knees by underinvestment and ruthless cuts by global corporations with No interest in maintaining a quality train building capacity in Britain.

"The contrast with other countries who regard a vibrant and highly Skilled manufacturing capacity as a vital resource and who provide key state Support could not be more marked."

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