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TSSA hails 1,000 new train manufacturing jobs in Fife

14 November 2018

Construction of the 70,000 square metre plant on the former Longannet power station site in Fife is expected to take 18 months - while a new Research and Development base is also to be constructed in Derbyshire.

TSSA represents skilled engineering and technical staff in the rail industry.

In line with the Scottish Government's best industrial practice which supports trades union's in Scotland's workplaces,

TSSA will now approach Talgo to enable it to extend trades unions rights to the workforce. We will also seek to represent workers in Derbyshire.

At a time when workers are worrying about the Brexit forced relocation of British jobs news of the investment in high-skilled rail engineering is particularly welcome.

Commenting, TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes, said: "It's great news that Talgo are to forge ahead with investment in Scotland and Derbyshire and create 1,000 high skilled jobs.

“Too many businesses are threatening to abandon Britain because of Brexit. So this announcement isn’t just welcome, it's great news.

"It's especially welcome that Longannet is to be a ‘true manufacturing’ plant using UK sourced components.

The new Research and Development base they are establishing in Derbyshire will continue to build on the Derby region as a national engineering hub.

"TSSA represents skilled engineering and technical staff in the rail industry and will be approaching Talgo soon for talks about giving workers access to trades union rights.

"Skilled work demands high wages and a motivated, creative workforce and we look forward to working with Talgo to give the best employment opportunities and great collaborative working for the good of staff, the rail industry and our country." 

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