Union Reps Declare Airbus Jobs Summit a Success

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami was joined by trade union representatives from Airbus today for crucial talks with Trade Secretary Peter Mandelson.

The summit included Airbus works convener Terry Dillion, who said Lord Mandelson pledged to do all he could for the Broughton workers.

He added: “The Secretary of State was incredibly supportive and had an excellent grasp of the facts and figures.

“He was friendly, understanding and knowledgeable. He knew what we were talking about and is keen to work as hard as possible for Airbus workers.”

Talks focused on the next generation of aircraft, which will utilise cutting-edge composite wing technology. These projects will begin with the A400M military aircraft, which is due to replace the Royal Air Force’s fleet of aging Hercules planes.

Mark said: “We discussed at length the significance of the A400M in developing composite wing technology on British soil. While recognising the A400M has suffered developmental problems, it is a vital lead-in to other projects, including the crucial A350.

“We secured recognition and reassurance over the support needed from the British government in fighting for aerospace jobs. I am confident that in Lord Mandelson we have the strongest ally imaginable.”