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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.

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Redundant black cab makers attend rally in Coventry

Workers at Coventry-based black cab maker, Manganese Bronze, held a rally in the city today in support to save the black cab maker.

Nearly 100 people were made redundant after the firm fell into administration last month. Ray Peavry – one of the workers who was made redundant – has told ITV Central his personal concerns for the future.

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

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

Solution to steering fault found for Manganese Bronze

The administrators of Manganese Bronze Holdings have announced that a solution to the steering fault for the TX4 model taxi has been found.

“I am pleased to be able to report that the company's employees will be part of a massive effort to begin fitting the new UK-supplied steering box to the recalled fleet within the next 48 hours. Having secured replacement parts for the entire recalled fleet, the programme to fit these new components has been devised so that all recalled fleet cars will be fitted with new replacement parts by mid-December."

– Matthew Hammond, joint administrator and PwC partner

At the start of this month, 156 job losses at the firm's Coventry factory were announced, along with dealerships across the country.

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
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