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Campaign to save the iconic black cab

The Unite Union is stepping up its campaign to save the jobs of a hundred black cab manufacturers in Coventry.

The parent company LTI has called in administrators to the loss-making firm as the search continues for a buyer.

A hundred jobs are on the line. Tomorrow black cab taxi drivers in London will join a rally in support of the union who want the jobs to remain in the UK.


Adminstrators issue statement about Taxi builders' rally in Coventry

The administrators for struggling black cab maker Manganese Bronze, which made nearly 100 workers at its base in Coventry redundant after it fell into administration, have issued the following statement about the rally in the city today.

"We were aware the rally in support of saving the London taxi was taking place as the current and ex employees kindly advised us in advance. We are grateful for the ongoing support and resolve of the Group's management, employees and union, and we all remain focused on securing the future of the company."

– Spokesperson, Price Waterhouse Coopers


Sacked Black cab workers hold rally to save Coventry firm

Redundant workers from Manganese Bronze are hoping to gain public support to save the firm Credit: ITV Central

Workers at Coventry based black cab maker Manganese Bronze are holding a rally in the city in support to save the black cab maker.

Nearly 100 people were made redundant after the firm fell into administration last month.

The rally has been organised by union Unite.

The rally is taking place on Broadgate in Coventry Credit: ITV Central

Union calls for support for iconic black cab maker

Unite, Britain's biggest union, has held talks with the administrators today for the black cab maker, Manganese Bronze.

"Unite met with PWC today in Coventry to discuss the future of the black cab maker, Manganese Bronze, which has gone into administration. The parties held detailed discussions over the future of the plant and will continue to maintain a dialogue. Unite remains committed to securing the manufacturer's future and supporting the skilled workers who are facing extremely difficult times."

– Unite regional officer Peter Coulson

Unions "outraged" at redundancies

Reacting to the news of redundancies this morning Unions said the situation was "outrageous".Arriving at the Manganese Bronze factory for talks with administrators this morning, UNITE representative Pete Coulson told Central News:

"We expected a small amount of redundancies, but not to that magnitude. We're continuing to discussions with the administrators today with the hope of reinstating the workforce and giving us the opportunity to put a rescue package forward."

– UNITE representative Pete Coulson
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