Bristol MPs call for Emergency Jobs Summit in Face of Thousands of Local Redundancies.

Bristol’s Labour MPs have called for a Jobs Summit to understand what support is in place for redundant workers in the city to find new work or training opportunities.

Recent announcements in and around the city mean that thousands of local workers have already been told they will be redundant, with further redundancies expected. Household name employers such as Airbus, Rolls Royce, Nisbets, TM Lewin, EasyJet and British Airways have already announced thousands of redundancies that will impact Bristol.

The Jobs Summit will invite trade unions, Bristol City Council, the West of England Combined Authority, the Western Gateway and local business leaders to set out what support is currently in place for redundant workers and what additional support needs to be put in place by the Government.

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones, who Chairs the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee said:

“As a local MP I know that each and every redundancy is devastating for local families. Local workers need to know where to turn for help and the Government needs to ensure that adequate funding and resources are put in place to either prevent redundancies in key sectors that will take longer to re-open or support workers with transition and training support. We need to ensure that there is enough capacity locally to help the increasingly large number of local workers who are being made redundant.”

“North Bristol in particular is a world-leading area for advanced manufacturing, including aerospace, which is the bedrock of British exports and vital for the regional economy. As these industries can’t yet fully re-open, they should have longer term support from government as well as bringing forward research and innovation spending to help, for example, transition to new low carbon technologies.”

Bristol West MP, Thangam Debbonaire, said:

“Many freelance or self-employed workers have been treated as an afterthought or left out completely. Bristol has thriving creative and hospitality industries on which many individual livelihoods depend directly or indirectly but many cannot operate at the moment. WECA and Government needs to act now to save these jobs, which contribute so much to our regional economy.”

Bristol East MP, Kerry McCarthy, said:

“Bristol has a very large number of small and medium sized businesses, which often don’t have the resources to bring in paid transition and training support in the same way that large employers can; and women in particular are often in the types of jobs that get cut first. That’s why we need to make sure that the Government is providing adequate resource to other support organisations in Bristol, be they trade unions, the city council or the combined authority, to help people when they need it most.”

Bristol South MP, Karin Smyth, said:  

“Redundancies and company restructuring is difficult for everyone involved. For young people and apprentices it can be particularly demoralising to learn that your start in life has been cancelled or postponed. Yet it’s vital that our young people are given the training and skills to help us grow the economy in the long run. I want to make sure that support is in place to help transition apprenticeships where employers are cancelling their placements.”

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Notes: Darren Jones MP has, today, contacted: Mayor Marvin Rees, Mayor Tim Bowles, Katherine Bennet (Chair of the Western Gateway), Nigel Costley (South West Trade Union Congress) and regional trade unions, to find a date for the proposed Jobs Summit.

Photo: Bristol MPs (from left to right) – Karin Smyth MP (Bristol South), Kerry McCarthy MP (Bristol East), Darren Jones MP (Bristol North West), Thangam Debbonaire MP (Bristol West).