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GMB shock figures show West Midlands haemorrhaging almost 100,000 manufacturing jobs in past decade

Thursday, June 8, 2017

GMB shock figures show West Midlands haemorrhaging most 100,000 manufacturng jobs in past decade

Region worst hit in country as manufacturing work nosedives

The West Midlands has haemorrhaged almost 100,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade, a new study by GMB has shown.

The figures were discussed at GMB’s annual Congress in Plymouth between June 4 and 6.

They show that 99,000 jobs in the sector disappeared from 2006 to 2016, a massive fall of 23% - the worst in the country.

Between them the lost jobs have meant the region has seen £960 million less paid in manufacturing wages in real-terms.

In 2006 the West Midlands supported 432,000 permanent and temporary manufacturing jobs – more than 17% of the all jobs in the region.

By 2016, that had slumped to just 333,000 or 12.5% of the total.

GMB demands whoever forms the next Government invests in UK industries and avoid damaging tariffs on British goods to help reverse this dangerous decline.

Joe Morgan, GMB Regional Secretary, said:

“The West Midlands are haemorrhaging manufacturing jobs – and it’s massive problem for both our workers and our local economy.

“We should cherish our manufacturing sector, but instead successive governments have driven it into the ground through a lack of investment and tendering processes that hamper our homegrown businesses.

“Manufacturing wages are 20% higher than the national average, and the sector is a keystone of the wider economy.

“These are jobs worth fighting for. “Instead the so-called Midlands Engine is being left to rust and if this sad decline is not addressed then the next generation of West Midlanders will surely pay the price.”

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