The campaign to save 700 jobs at Rolls-Royce Inchinnan is stepping up a gear with the first debate in Parliament aiming to put pressure on the UK Government.
MP for the plant, Gavin Newlands, has secured the debate in the House of Commons to be held this Wednesday highlighting the issue and pressing the UK Government for answers on what they intend to do to support the workforce.
The MP will use the debate to push ministers for answers on what they’ve done so far to help save jobs at the plant, and MPs from other constituencies around the UK are expected to attend on behalf of their constituents.
Inchinnan is one of the worst hit Rolls-Royce sites in the UK, with over half the workforce facing redundancy if the company’s plan go through.
Unions and the workforce have consistently offered a package of measures to cut costs at the plant and help secure its future in the long-term, but bosses have pushed through with their plans to decimate production at the site.
The Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP said: “Securing this debate at Westminster on Wednesday will help highlight the key role of Inchinnan in our aerospace industry and I’ll be using the opportunity to set out why I think Minister must now intervene with Rolls-Royce and get management round the negotiating table.
“There can be no excuse for inaction from the UK Government, given they have known for weeks that job losses were coming on such a large scale. This is an opportunity for UK ministers to step up to the plate and show some leadership on behalf of my constituents, something that has been sorely lacking so far.
“We hear Boris Johnson and co say time and time again that they want high-skilled, high-value manufacturing jobs to stay in this country, so why are they so shy now when we are on the brink of losing 700 of these jobs at a world-class site?
“I will be standing up for my constituency on Wednesday, and I hope the UK Government will do the same, pull their finger out and get behind real action to make Rolls-Royce engage with unions and workers at Inchinnan, who deserve so much better.”