Monday, May 10, 2021

300 jobs to be lost as Loughborough manufacturing site to close

Around 300 jobs are set to be lost with the announcement that Loughborough’s historic Brush Traction locomotive manufacturing site is to close.

The iconic plant, known locally as the ‘Falcon Works’, was established in 1865 to build steam locomotives.

Brush Traction is owned by American rail company Wabtec, which said in a statement that reduced volumes had made the site ‘unsustainable’.

Unite has more than 100 members at the Loughborough factory and is in consultation with Brush Traction management over the proposed redundancies.

Unite regional officer Lakhy Mahal said: “Wabtec’s announcement that it is planning to shut the historic Falcon Works is a crushing blow to the workforce and to the local area.

“Unite is in consultation with the company and is fighting to ensure that our members are offered alternative employment at other sites, if that is what they want.

“If it isn’t, we will be negotiating for them to receive the best redundancy packages possible.

“Unite will also be putting together a programme of support for members to help them navigate what is an extremely difficult time.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 pandemic having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £33.60 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.






Latest news

Related news

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close