Unite: Nissan announcement is a "step in the right direction"

Thousands of cars at the Nissan plant in Sunderland
Thousands of cars at the Nissan plant in Sunderland. In 2010 the plant built 423,262 cars. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Unite union national officer Tony Murphy welcomed today's announcement by Nissan as a "boost for skilled jobs and a lifeline for the local economy". He said the move was evidence that government intervention into industry can work:

"The success of the British car industry is proof that, with the right support and investment, UK manufacturing can flourish. Nissan's announcement is a testament to the UK's car-building capability and the skills of the Sunderland workforce.

"The Government has taken a step in the right direction. We hope this is a sign that the coalition is getting serious about supporting manufacturing."

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