Protests over Siemens Thameslink contract award

by Emily DUNBAR on September 5, 2011

Workers, union officials, and local councillors will travel to the UK capital London this week in order to stage a string of anti-government protests against the coalition’s controversial decision to hand German company Siemens a highly-lucrative train-building contract.

Derby-based Bombardier will have to slash 1,400 jobs after it missed out on the chance to build the trains, which will be made for the Thameslink route, triggering a campaign with the aim of persuading the Government into changing its mind. A delegation will travel to London from Derby on Wednesday, so that it can watch a hearing held by the Commons Transport Select Committee being conducted to look into the controversy.

Unions were pressing ministers to reverse their decision because of a negative impact on jobs across the East Midlands however the Government has refused. Tony Woodley, a Unite official, said that the people of Derby, irrespective of politics, are going to be speaking with a single voice to deliver a message to David Cameron. There’s still time and the coalition must revisit the disastrous decision it has made not to award Bombardier this Thameslink contract, he continued. Woodley added that the Government seems as if it is more concerned with saving face instead of saving Bombardier - it should do the right thing.

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