Two hundred and sixty skilled car manufacturing jobs will be axed.
The news was given to the Transport and General Workers Union in a meeting today and led to the union’s local leadership to express both shock and surprise.
“This is a devastating blow and has left the workforce stunned,” said Andy Robertson, T&G regional industrial organiser. “The company told us it intended to keep presence in the UK but did not say where it would be or if manufacturing was going to be transferred there.”
The news came in the wake of letters being sent to over 70 workers at the Bispham plant telling them not to report for work today.
Robertson described that move as a betrayal as the workforce had worked hard to assist the company through recent months and expected to meet today to discuss further moves to help the company survive.
TVR managers told the T&G they would say where the company would relocate to and what it would do there later this week.
Robertson said the workforce were stunned as the news was unexpected. He added that the T&G would organise a mass meeting on May 3 once full details of what the company intended to do had been made clear.
“This is a blow for Blackpool and a further blow for car making in the UK,” he added.