Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Save Bombardier Rally Derby 1st September

The Government has said, as a result of the Bombardier cock-up, that it will be reviewing the procurement process for train manufacturing. This is not good enough.
There is an important Forte College, in Derby. See the attached leaflet.
Speakers include: Chris Williamson Save Bombardier Rally taking place at 7.30 pm this coming Thursday 1 September at Landau MP;Margaret Beckett MP; George Cowcher, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce; Richard Morgan, GMB; John Stewart, climate campaigner; Gerry Doherty, General Secretary TSSA; Michelle Craven, Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum; Alex Gordon, President RMT.
The meeting has been called by: Derby Climate Coalition and Together for Transport and is supported by Unite the Union, RMT, GMB, TSSA and the Climate Alliance. If possible send messages of support. For more information email: info@togetherfortransport.org or call 07894 586904
John Stewart from the Climate Allaince will be  speaking  on climate and transport. John was centrally involved in the stop the third Heathrow runway campaign.
It is intended that a Bombardier community support group will be set up from this meeting. Together for Transport, the Right to Work Campaign and the Climate Alliance are planning to set up meetings along the lines of   "Save Bombardier/Invest in railways and Climate Jobs" throughout the country. Of course other organisations are invited to collaborate.

Could you please go onto the 38 degrees site, where suggestions can be put up, and voted on. The proposal is called Bombardier and the future of the British train building and the link is here: http://38degrees.uservoice.com/forums/78585-campaign-suggestions/suggestions/2112667-bombardier-and-the-future-of-the-british-train-bui
It is essential for the future of train manufacturing in the UK and the thousands of jobs and businesses to let the Transport Select Committee know your feelings about the huge potential damage of allowing £1.4bn of Thameslink trains to be manufactured outside the UK. Also attached is a document detailing how to contact the Transport Select Committee  with your views.
On the 7th of September 200 people are going down from Derby to lobby the Transport Select committee in London. It would be great if you could bring banners and join us.
It seems that the Conservatives are bitterly divided on this one and it would be good if you can put pressure on Conservative Members of Parliament, in particular those who are members of the Transport Committee.

Reg Hand
Secretary Derby Climate Coalition
Tel: 01332 676046

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