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Sandvik Construction want to close their factory in Swadlincote which would result in 360 job losses.
More people are in work as new figures show unemployment has fallen to 8.1% in the West Midlands and by 6.4% in the East Midlands.
The GMB Union says they're pleased Birmingham City Council intends to honour equal pay settlements for women but is concerned about jobs and costs for users if the NEC group is sold off. The council says it can't afford to invest in the complex and help it grow.
– Joe Morgan Regional Secretary
Whilst happy that BCC intend to honour their obligations in respect of equal pay settlements we in the GMB have grave concerns that the NEC group is to be sold off to the private sector. This will inevitably lead to increased costs to the residents of Birmingham and the wider users of these prime facilities and could lead to either job losses or reduction in terms and conditions of employment.
Birmingham City Council has announced it is selling off the NEC group. The council, which is facing a £1.1 billion bill for equal pay settlements, says it wants to ensure its existing uses are preserved.
The venue is one of the biggest exhibition centres in Europe and also houses the 16 thousand seat LG Arena which hosts concerts and conventions.
Watch Callum Watkinson's report on the council's decision to put one of the city's best-loved assets up for sale.
Calling today's announcement "historic", Council leader Sir Albert Bore said the sale was necessary for the venue and events company to grow.
"The NEC Group has reached a point in its evolution where it needs to be able to adopt the financial disciplines of a private, rather than council-owned company," he said.
Birmingham City Council is putting the NEC Group up for sale. The group includes the National Exhibition Centre, the International Convention Centre, the National Indoor Arena and the LG Arena.
It is claimed the group brings in four million visitors and £2 billion to the region every year, and supports 30,000 jobs.
Successful businesses from Birmingham will be in the capital today to highlight the success of the region.
It has been labelled 'Birmingham Day' and is designed to inform the leaders of the country about the contribution the city and the West Midlands makes to the economy.
A number of MPs will be attending.
Tesco stores in the Midlands have come under fire after an investigation discovered they were selling a brand of tuna criticised for its fishing methods.
Oriental & Pacific tuna has been labelled one of the "dirtiest on supermarket shelves" by activist group Greenpeace and by TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
People in Birmingham and Stourbridge helped in an investigation to discover which stores still had this and other 'unsustainable' brands on the shelves.
Oriental & Pacific are said to use fishing methods which are lethal to sharks, rays and turtles.
Greenpeace accused the supermarket chain of "rolling back" a pledge to protect ocean wildlife by filling the shelves with "dirty" tuna, despite a promise to to 100 per cent pole- and line-caught tuna in their own-brand products.
Union representatives will hold their first meeting with managers at Sandvik Construction in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, today after news the company is moving production to Northern Ireland.
The decision affects 360 jobs.
The plant will close during the next 12 months.
Dunlop Motorsport says its focus is now on supporting employees following renewed calls for the company to stay in Birmingham.
We appreciate the support and offers made by Birmingham City Council and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and the personal interest the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for BIS have taken in our situation following our site being sold. Over the past several months we have worked with the Council and local agencies to identify and evaluate any local site alternatives.
However our challenge has always been one of timescale and being in a position to maintain continuity of supply to our key customers. Unfortunately no other appropriate site was available locally where a factory could be established in the timescale to allow us to maintain supply to our key customers. Within our timeline, the only option was to propose to transfer production to facilities that already have the necessary infrastructure.
– James Bailey, Marketing and Communications Director, Dunlop Motorsport
Our focus now is on supporting those affected employees and we continue to work with our Unions and employees throughout the consultation process.
Through the some 700 associates Goodyear Dunlop employs across its TyreFort headquarters and Wolverhampton manufacturing facility, the company remains committed to Birmingham and the West Midlands.
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