Union Unites with SMMT

Union boss says govt. should buy British at industry event

Published:  05 July, 2013

LOCAL councils and police forces should make every effort to buy UK-built vehicles, according to a  union leader speaking to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in London on Tuesday, July 2.

Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Tony Burke said that the UK auto industry has been transformed in the past five years with a massive commitment made by the skilled workforce after a long, traumatic period.

He stressed that Unite, the country's largest private sector union, would continue 'to bang on' about a UK procurement policy and a commitment for the "supply chain" to be brought back to the UK.

Burke said: "Unite believes that there is no reason, at all why public authorities cannot purchase vehicles made here in the UK."

"I know that we are often told we can't do this 'because of EU rules' and there is probably no bigger supporter of the continuing support for the European Union than myself."

He added: "Do we see German police forces buying anything other than BMW or Mercedes?"

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