Grahame Morris MP expressed his solidarity and support for striking workers at the Rolls-Royce Barnoldswick site, in this afternoon’s Westminster Hall Debate on the Future of Work.

Mr Morris wrote to the striking workers in his capacity as Chair of the Unite the Union Parliamentary Group on 9th November, expressing his support for their ongoing industrial action.

He also wrote to Warren East CBE, CEO of Rolls-Royce, on 13th November, imploring him to reverse the threat to offshore jobs to Singapore, and condemning the appalling treatment of staff by Rolls-Royce.

Speaking in the debate this afternoon, the Easington MP explained that Rolls-Royce is continuing to benefit from billions of pounds of taxpayer support, which is intended to keep jobs and industry going during this pandemic.

The company is set to receive another £50 million of government funding for producing a new component for the Ultra-Fan engine, Rolls-Royce’s next-generation “green” jet engine, but it has to be completed by Christmas for them to get the money.
Rolls-Royce is appealing to the government to give them an extension to the deadline. It is only the Barnoldswick workers who have the skills make this component.

Mr Morris concluded, ‘I’d like to express my solidarity with the Rolls-Royce strikers, once again, and offer my full support to them in this historic battle for this historic site.’

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