Government must secure single market access to replicate Nissan success, says Unite

Nissan’s decision to build the new Qashqai and X-Trail in Sunderland is testament to the skills and expertise of a world class workforce, Britain’s largest union, Unite said today (Thursday 27 October).

With other major car makers set to make investment decisions, the union urged the government to provide stability for the industry and wider manufacturing by securing tariff-free access to the single market.

Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke said: “Nissan’s decision is a massive vote of confidence in the skills and expertise of a world-class workforce and testament to their hard work which has made the Sunderland plant one of the most productive in the Nissan family.

“The decision to build the new Qashqai and X-Trail in Sunderland is recognition of the UK car industry’s status as a world leader and secures tens of thousands of jobs at the Sunderland plant and throughout the supply chain.

“A source for decent jobs, skills and innovation, it is vital that the government supports the car industry and secures tariff-free access to the single market to ensure other manufacturers follow Nissan’s lead and invest in the UK car industry.”