A UNION leader has declared that Jaguar Land Rover workers are caught up in a crisis caused by “spivs and speculators of the City of London and New York”.
In an impassioned speech at an automobile industry conference at the ICC in Birmingham yesterday, Tony Woodley, of Unite, said the UK’s entire manufacturing base was at risk in the economic downturn.
And he warned that if the crisis-hit JLR plants go, “they go forever”.
Mr Woodley said: “In a time of crisis, our community needs to come together to preserve not just what we have.
“Working together in 2000 we showed what we could do. We saved the Rover plant for five years. Of course we all wish it could have been for longer. But it bought vital time for the wider industry and community.
“And that is what the car industry needs today - time. Because I profoundly believe that this is an industry with a future.”
Mr Woodley went on: “Let’s be clear - the desperate problems faced by our car workers and industry are not of their making but of the spivs and speculators of the City and in New York.
“But with creativity and political will we can keep these workers in post and off the dole.”