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More trade union reaction to the row over where the new British passports will be made – this from Unite general secretary Len McCluskey…
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Trade unions have also criticised the decision to award the contract for making the new British passports to a Franco-Dutch firm.
Unite’s national officer, Louisa Bull, said:
“Theresa May and Amber Rudd need to explain to De La Rue workers why ‘taking back control’ means their jobs could be put at risk while the production of Britain’s new iconic passport is shipped overseas to France.
It wouldn’t happen in France because of national security and it shouldn’t happen in the UK. De La Rue is the UK’s leading security printer making banknotes as well as passports sustaining thousands of decent jobs in the UK.
Ministers need to reverse this decision and start supporting British business and UK workers through public procurement and an industrial strategy which is more than just soundbites.”
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A row is rumbling on this morning about where the new British passports will be made after it emerged the documents will be printed in France by Franco-Dutch firm Gemalto.
That prompted the boss of De La Rue, a British company that had hoped to win the £490m contract, to ask Theresa May and Amber Rudd to come and explain to his workers why they had missed out.
Martin Sutherland said: “I think we have heard over the last few weeks and months ministers more than happy to come on the media and talk about the blue passports and the fact that the blue passport is an icon of British identity.
“Now this icon of British identity is going to be manufactured in France.”
He added: “I’m going to have to go and face those workers, look at them in the whites of the eyes and try and explain to them why the British government thinks it’s a sensible decision to buy French passports not British passports.”
“I would actually like to invite Theresa May or Amber Rudd to come to my factory and explain to my dedicated workforce why they think this is a sensible decision to offshore the manufacture of a British icon.”
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