Category: Industry

Jobs Minister dismisses ‘part-time myth’

Employment Minister Esther McVey has described claims that job growth is being fueled by part-time and temporary work as “scare stories” and “a myth.” The jobs Secretary was in town to record an episode of BBC Question Time and prior to the recording visited G W Martin engineering works accompanied by the Conservative candidate for…

Free mentoring package for local firms

  Local firms active in aviation, marine and engineering are in line for free mentoring and coaching under a dedicated package of help from WSX Enterprise thanks to a new government backed scheme. The Fareham-based, not-for-profit support organisation has been appointed to deliver a government-funded programme in the South East called Air, Land and Sea.…

Residents speak out about nuisance neighbour

Residents living near the GE Aviation Factory in Hamble have been telling Eastleigh News about their nuisance neighbour… The factory, which covers a 62 acre site, has been through several changes of ownership over the years. It was built in 1937 for British Marine, was later owned by Folland, then by British Aerospace and now…

Magna workers edge closer to industrial action

Workers at Magna Seating on the airport Industrial estate have voted to ballot for industrial action after the company failed to reach an agreement with them despite five months of negotiations. The company which employs around 30 people supply seats for the Ford Transit plant next door but Ford have decided to close the plant…

Chancellor slams local development plans

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne as added his voice to the row over the Council’s housing plans for Eastleigh by saying that they are in the ‘wrong areas’. The Chancellor was speaking as he accompanied Conservative party Candidate Maria Hutchings around the Prysmian factory in Bishopstoke. By-election Lib Dem rival Mike…

Ford Transit supplier could face strike action

Workers at a Ford supplier on the airport industrial estate will be meeting with their Union later today to decide whether or not to take Industrial action. Last week Magna Seating, who supply seats for the Ford Transit that is built next door, told their 30 strong workforce that as result of Ford’s decision to…

Unions hold emergency Ford meeting

Ford union members and local campaigners attended an emergency meeting on Wednesday night to discuss the best way to support workers at  the Transit van plant in Swaythling which Ford have threatened to close next July. At least 300 Eastleigh workers are employed at the plant and at the Ford garage and depot off Chickenhall…

PM ducks local MPs question on Ford

Southampton Test MP Alan Whitehead has accused the The Prime Minister of ducking the question of whether he knew Ford planned to close their Southampton Transit factory before awarding them a multi-million pound grant through the regional growth fund. Last week Ford announced an end to Transit van production in the UK putting 300 Eastleigh…

“Why manufacturing matters”

Bill Ford, the Executive Chairman of Ford and a great-grandson of the Company founder Henry Ford believes that vehicle manufacturing is a major contributor to the economy and has described the damage to local communities when factories close. As Ford workers from the Transit Plant at Swaythling and Barton Park in Eastleigh meet today to…

Huhne: Ford closure hammerblow for local economy

Eastleigh’s MP Chris Huhne has predicted the closure of the Ford plant in Swaythling will be a hammer blow for the local economy. Around a third of the 800 people who work for Ford at the Swaythling plant and the depot and garage at Barton Park live in the borough and many other businesses depend…

Ex Ford steward calls for EU trade review

A former Unite shop steward who was employed at Ford’s Eastleigh depot  has criticised the company’s announcement to switch production of the Transit van from Swaythling to Turkey and has called on the government to review it trading agreements with countries outside the EU. Bill Chandler, 59, spent 32 years working for Ford at Barton…

Ford workers celebrate bumper pay offs

Ford has confirmed its intention to close the Transit van plant in Southampton and its associated depot in Barton Park Eastleigh with the loss of nearly 800 jobs. Although Ford workers will pocket generous separation payments, many contract workers stand to receive little or nothing when the production of the popular medium sized van moves…

Up to 300 Eastleigh worker’s jobs could go at Ford

Up to 300 Eastleigh workers at the Ford Transit plant are waiting to hear if they still have a future there as the companies multi-millionaire CEO Alan Mullaly flew into Britain today to discuss with union leaders the restructuring of Ford’s European manufacturing base which Sky News claim will result in the Swaythling plant shutting…

Old rail track to be recycled at Eastleigh

  The Network Rail depot in Eastleigh has a new rail recycling facility which  bosses say will save them £4m a year. The new facility can produce 216m lengths of serviceable rail, recycled from used rail removed from around the railway. The recycled lengths are up to 70% cheaper than new rail and can be…

Bakery jobs go for housing

Up to 90 bakery workers could be left struggling to earn a crust following an announcement by British Bakeries to close the Hovis bakery in Toynbee Road by June – a move which could see 191 houses built on the site. Premier Foods, owners of British Bakeries announced last month they would be shedding up…