Thursday, 14 October 2010

Hitachi climbs into bed with the Brothers

Hitachi continues to pull out all the stops in a desperate attempt to save the doomed IEP.

Regular readers will recollect that last month the Japanese PM gave Cameron an ear bashing over threats to cancel the white elephant project.

Now Hitachi appears to have climbed into bed with Unite!

This from

A petition, signed by 10000 people, mainly from County Durham will be handed in at 10 Downing Street today (1.00pm, 14 October). The petition calls on the government to endorse Hitachi's bid for the £7.5bn Intercity Express Programme.

Unite regional secretary, Davey Hall who will deliver the petition to Downing street said:

"The people of County Durham know how important this bid is for jobs and the local economy and they're urging the government to support Hitachi's bid. If the government gives the green light to this contract the investment would put the North East back on the map as a significant train manufacturer for the European market. The contract would be a huge boost to the region's economy, generating jobs and supporting Britain's manufacturing base."

Eye wonders if any particular union will be officially recognised at the proposed new facility?