On Wednesday 31st July 2013, Railcare went into administration, placing jobs in Wolverton, Milton Keynes and Springburn, Scotland at risk. On Friday many employess were made redundant in brutal fashion, their names read from a list having already not been paid for nearly 6 weeks.
The Wolverton and Springburn sites are of national significance, situated on the West Coast Mainline, the skilled jobs and site could not be replaced. The jobs in MK are the last on the once vast Wolverton Works but this is not nostalgia, as from October this year the order book of the business remains strong.
It is the Coalition's stated aim to "rebalance" the UK economy back towards skilled and manufacturing. However since the news broke, little has been done to ensure these priceless jobs are maintained for the long term, despite the short term difficulties of Railcare.
The Wolverton & Springburn communities are strong. The Wolverton Works are 175 years old this year, but the future is just as important. We are therefore calling on Vince Cable MP to support the UK economy and secure the future of both Works by providing funding to ensure skilled workers can remain in their roles until a buyer for the business is found or through to October when the business can return to health.
We also call on Vince Cable MP to ensure all workers are paid for all periods they are owed in full and as quickly as possible.
Cllr Peter Marland
Leader, Milton Keynes Labour Group
& Wolverton ward member
These are skilled jobs and the site has a very good future if it can get through this short term difficulty.
We therefore asking that you allocate a small amount of funding to ensure the future of the jobs on site either until a buyer is found or until the future orders can be undertaken.
We are also asking that you ensure all workers are paid for the period they have not yet been paid for.