Swindon job boost as BMW make 1,000 permanent appointments

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AROUND 1,000 agency workers at car giant BMW are to be made permanent employees, guaranteeing job security for years for employees at Swindon's pressings plant.

The change, being made in two phases, was warmly welcomed by the Unite union, describing it as a great Christmas present.

The announcement covers workers across a number of BMW sites including the pressings plant in Swindon, Mini plant in Oxford,  and Hams Hall engine site near Birmingham.

Unite officer Roger Maddison said: "In an uncertain world the best Christmas present for working families is job security. We are delighted that 1,000 BMW agency workers are to be made permanent with guaranteed job security beyond 2020.

"It is a prime example of unions and employers working together to make a lasting and positive impact in the workplace.

"The deal is also an indication of the strength of the car industry and the skills of the UK workforce."

BMW said: "As a major UK employer, investor and exporter, this announcement underlines BMW Group's further commitment to the UK as a strategically important production and sales location for the company.

"It comes as a result of a major GBP760 million investment programme from 2012-2015 to support the launch of the new Mini, a new generation of three-cylinder engines and the expansion of our business at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

"The initial recruitment phase covers 700 jobs and will start in the New Year with the recruitment process for the remaining 300 contracts starting in 2016.

"BMW Group's latest investment programme brings the company's total investment in the UK to around GBP2 billion since 2001 and has seen a new body shop built and equipped with 1,000 new robots at its Oxford Mini plant, the debut of various new pressings technologies at the Swindon plant and the Hams Hall engine plant being equipped for a new generation of modular three-cylinder engines."

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8:15pm Thu 12 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Nice to see some good news for a change and perfect timing too.
Nice to see some good news for a change and perfect timing too. house on the hill

10:47pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Peter Mallinson says...

This is very good news but it is not a job boost but a job security move.

It is never the less good news for employees at Christmas.

It is a pity that the Advertiser could not get the headline correct.
This is very good news but it is not a job boost but a job security move. It is never the less good news for employees at Christmas. It is a pity that the Advertiser could not get the headline correct. Peter Mallinson

7:33am Fri 13 Dec 13

swindondad says...

It is great news that these temporary jobs are to become permanent but anyone who says’s that it gives "guaranteed job security beyond 2020" is either a fool or a liar.


No job in any field in this country is secure that far into the future,
It is great news that these temporary jobs are to become permanent but anyone who says’s that it gives "guaranteed job security beyond 2020" is either a fool or a liar. No job in any field in this country is secure that far into the future, swindondad

7:58am Fri 13 Dec 13

RichardR1 says...

What it does however do is make a nonsense of contention that inward investment is being harmed by the EU referendum issue, clearly Germany don't see it.
What it does however do is make a nonsense of contention that inward investment is being harmed by the EU referendum issue, clearly Germany don't see it. RichardR1

8:31am Fri 13 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

RichardR1 wrote:
What it does however do is make a nonsense of contention that inward investment is being harmed by the EU referendum issue, clearly Germany don't see it.
When it saves money no one really cares about anything else.

And no there are no secure jobs but permanent is better than temporary so lets hear a bit of positivity.
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: What it does however do is make a nonsense of contention that inward investment is being harmed by the EU referendum issue, clearly Germany don't see it.[/p][/quote]When it saves money no one really cares about anything else. And no there are no secure jobs but permanent is better than temporary so lets hear a bit of positivity. house on the hill

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