Rees-Mogg Must Protect Passport Firm Workers 26 Mar 2018

If Brexit is going to work for workers, this is exactly the sort of decision that needs to be made in their interests - the Government has to reverse this decision now says GMB.

GMB, the union for De La Rue workers, is demanding Jacob Rees-Mogg stand up for workers at the firm which currently make British passports - from attack by his own Government.

De La Rue which has a manufacturing site at Bathford in Rees-Mogg’s North East Somerset seat, has held the contract to manufacture British passports since 2009.

But yesterday it emerged the new UK passport to be issued after Brexit will be made in France, after the £490 million contract was awarded Franco-Dutch firm Gemalto.

GMB says Rees-Mogg must stand up for constituents against his Government’s decision.

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:

“This is the reality of hard Brexit and it’s in Jacob Rees-Mogg’s back yard. 

“He needs to put his money where his mouth is and stand up for jobs that are being sent abroad by his own government. 

"This is a bizarre decision, and one that completely undermines the rose tinted view of Brexit Rees-Mogg likes to go on about.

“If Brexit is going to work for workers, this is exactly the sort of decision that needs to be made in their interests. The government has to reverse this decision now.” 

Martin Hird, GMB Senior organiser said: 

“This pretty much sums up perfectly well the direction the Tory Party wants to take on Brexit- Sacrificing British jobs chasing a kitsch vision of the past. 

"If Mr Mogg was serious about a Brexit that works for Britain, he would be standing up for his constituents jobs rather than supporting a government that sells his constituents jobs down the river. 

"After 8 years of a flat-lining economy and failed promises, It’s clear now more than ever that you can’t trust the Tories with our economy or the future of our country." 

GMB, along with Unite, has backed a Mirror campaign to demand the new blue UK passport is made in Britain to support UK jobs. Sign up here: https://campaign.goingtowork.org.uk/petitions/we-demand-the-new-blue-uk-passport-is-made-in-britain-to-support-uk-jobs?source=gmb

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