Urgent action needed to protect jobs at Railcare

Labour representatives in Scotland and Milton Keynes have joined together to call for urgent action to save jobs at Railcare’s two plants in Glasgow and Wolverton.

Around 500 jobs at Railcare are under threat after the company went into administration on Wednesday 31 July.

Cllr Peter Marland, Labour Group Leader on Milton Keynes Council and local councillor for Railcare in Wolverton said:

"Railcare is hugely important to the town of Wolverton and its historic connections to the rail industry. We are looking at 175 years of history; we need to do everything to ensure the works are not consigned to the past.

“The works are of national strategic importance to the rail network, not just Milton Keynes. There is no other site like Wolverton on the West Coast Mainline and, if it is let go, it would be impossible to re-create; as would the skilled jobs on the site.

"I have spoken to both the Leader and Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Council and all help that may be needed to keep the Works in business will be given and has been given. I have called on the council to take all the steps necessary to support staff at the works during this difficult period.

“As the local councillor, my primary concern is keeping jobs in Wolverton and that staff are paid. Mortgages, rent and bills will be due and the administrator needs to ensure that staff are paid for the work they have already done. Then we need to ensure there are no short sighted redundancies because the reality is that the outlook for the industry is very positive. I’m also looking for the Government to show leadership and to help resolve the future for this nationally important site.

Andrew Pakes, Labour & Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, added:

“My first priority is supporting the staff at Railcare to protect jobs and to secure the future of the depot. With prices rising faster than wages, this will be a difficult and uncertain time for many people. I have spoken at length with William Bain, the local MP for Railcare’s Glasgow works and the staff trade unions, and we are doing all we can to help secure a positive future for the plant.

"In the longer term there are also some important questions to answer on how we got to this stage. Did the Department of Business do all it could and what has the impact of the West Coast rail franchise fiasco been on the short term viability of the business?"