A survey conducted by Unite, a trade union representing workers at the UK’s two biggest car and light-manufacturing companies found that some of the companies are struggling to recruit and retain new staff.
The survey, which was conducted by the United Voice union, found that the majority of the firms said that they were having trouble attracting and retaining experienced staff.
Unite General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Unite has been working with the car and industrial companies to develop a comprehensive and sustainable workforce strategy that includes: a commitment to recruiting and retaining staff from the UK and the rest of the EU; increased investment in training and employment skills; and increased support to employees and their families.”
In a statement, the Unite union said the union was disappointed by the survey results.
“We want to be clear that we do not support the companies’ decision to slash staff numbers, and are pleased that Unite is working with them to address this issue,” the statement said.
The unions’ report comes amid increasing pressure from workers on employers and workers to make the UK more competitive.
In a separate report, the Confederation of British Industry said that the government’s decision to introduce a minimum wage of £7.20 per hour for the first time in 2019 had not improved job opportunities for the lowest paid in the economy.
Unions have been pushing the government to set a higher minimum wage for the next five years.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “[The government] are saying that minimum wage is a great idea and a great solution, but it’s not going to help the working class.
It’s going to hurt them.”
Unite’s report said that a third of the respondents felt that they had to rely on “other factors” to get a job in the car industry.
Unites report also said that, compared to last year, employers are spending less on training and promotion, with employers making less on their investment in job skills, skills and training.
Unist’y said: [The report] found that many companies were struggling to maintain their workforce.
Unitary car parts company Unite said: Unite wants the government and the car companies to take action to support the millions of workers who are unemployed and are reliant on the welfare state to get by.
We also want the government, the car industries and other employers to listen to our workers, and to make a genuine commitment to hiring and training new staff, and investing in training.
In March, Unite called on the government in the UK to set up a new union for workers, which would offer “unconditional rights to workers to form trade union representatives and to represent themselves”.
The union has been pushing for a new trade union for the UK since last year and has called on ministers to act to protect workers’ rights.
In April, Unisty said it would push for a referendum on a new national contract to provide an end to unfair dismissal.
Uniting, which represents over 13,000 car, light and industrial workers in the country, said that most of the car manufacturers and suppliers it works with have made “significant improvements” to their recruitment practices in the past year.
The union said: If we were to continue to see this pattern of attrition and attrition and the companies continue to make these kind of cuts, we are not going any further.
It is not acceptable that workers are left to struggle with uncertainty and uncertainty for so long.
Unishue’s survey, commissioned by the trade union, also found that companies are spending more on their marketing and advertising, with almost half of those surveyed paying more for content and more than 20% for new websites.
Unists report also found there was a growing gap between what companies were paying their workers and what they were earning.
Unies report found that, while some companies are making “significant” savings on salaries and benefits, the majority are not making savings.
Uniregity Unite highlighted that a lack of staffing has led to a “loss of confidence” among workers, saying that some companies have been “forced to lower their standards of pay and work culture”.
Unite general secretary Mick Cash added: Unions want the UK Government to take immediate action to protect the rights of workers and guarantee fair pay and working conditions for everyone in the sector.
We are calling on the Government to introduce an independent body to ensure workers are paid fairly and fairly at the same time.
Unicef, which is the UK government’s primary aid organisation for children, said the latest Unite report was an “outrageous” attack on workers and the welfare system.
It said that companies were spending more than twice as much on salaries, allowances and pension contributions as they did in 2015.
Unicor, the UK trade union which represents car manufacturers, said: This survey is yet another indication of the extent to which car manufacturing is under attack from Unite and Unite Unions.
We would urge