The 17th January and we had the pleasure of having the Shadow Defence Secretary, Nia Griffith, and Labour Party Candidate for Rugby Debbie Bannigan, visit with Unite Representatives to discuss with them the companies proposed closure of the RMR site. She was walked around the shop floor and was impressed with the skill sets of the employees and their commitment to the company. Nia took the opportunity to speak to a range of employees from workers who have given almost 40 years of service to a recent graduate and a newly qualified apprentice. Nia was quick to pick up on the unique nature of the work we do here and its importance to the sovereign capability of the nation and the ability of the Royal Navy to have operational freedom. The Reps presented her with one of our campaign mugs and a couple of flags for her and a colleague to display in their offices at Westminster. Talks are currently under way with a group of sympathetic M.P’s to arrange for either a debate on the floor of the House of Commons or Westminster Hall as well as questions to be asked at Prime Ministers Question Time. Unite will look to provide transport for members to attend this and carry out a lobby of Parliament at the same time.
The next Defence Questions are scheduled for the end of February so we are currently composing suitable questions to put to the Prime Minister, if you have a question you would like to be considered then please get in touch. After the site meeting interviews were held with local media and an interview was broadcast on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire about the issues surrounding the site. The Rugby Advertiser is also expected to do a special feature on us next week.
Here are a couple of pictures from the meeting.