Jobs axed at ‘historic’ London black taxi firm

17:28 31 October 2012

Workers at the troubled London black cabs maker reportedly locked themselves inside their factory today after being told of job losses.

A total of 156 workers at Manganese Bronze are to be made redundant because of “operational issues” within the company.

Joint administrator Matthew Hammond added: “We have retained sufficient numbers of staff across the dealership, head office and production network to address the operational, technical and financial circumstances that the business faces.”

But the Unite union reacted with anger to the news.

National officer Roger Maddison said: “Only last night PWC were telling us there were significant interested parties. Now the administrators are ruthlessly sacking over 150 highly-skilled workers.

“The black cabs are world-famous and we believe this company has a future. How can PWC treat this company as a going concern with virtually no staff?

“The black cab is part of Britain’s car manufacturing heritage. The Government must now be on standby to save this historic company from being left to the vultures.”

Of the 176 employees based at the group’s head office and manufacturing site in Coventry, 99 have been made redundant and of the 98 employees based at the dealerships in London, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Coventry, 57 have been made redundant.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest business news

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Yesterday we issued a police appeal to help find Simon Smithers, who had gone missing from Hillingdon Hospital with a serious head injury.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
London's top companies are struggling to find staff, a ComRes poll has show [Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images]

Over half of the London businesses which tried to recruit new staff struggled to find suitable candidates, a poll has shown.

Friday, March 27, 2015
Kboard

Thought phone buttons were hard work? Now people who can’t be bothered to use a touchscreen either can streamline their conversations with a new app.

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Fabric club in Charterhouse Street

Police issue warning about bad batch of MDMA at Farringdon club threatened with closure last year.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Tunnelling breakthrough at Liverpool Street 'station box'

Tunnelling work in London’s long-awaited Crossrail ‘super tube’ construction is now more than nine-tenths complete.

Monday, March 16, 2015
Fire damage at what is thought to be Loungelover in Shoreditch - London Fire Brigade

Candles left lit inside a doll’s house have been blamed for a fire that caused damage to the ground floor and roof of a Shoreditch nightclub on Friday morning.

London Bloggers

Mon, 15:28
Vintage fashion shopping is a joy in London (Photo by Graham French/BIPs/Getty Images)

In with the old, out with the new. This is the mantra of the best London vintage shoppers today, whose aesthetic of effortless chic is becoming more sought after.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Eating the right foods can significantly improve your mood

Think sweet treats make you feel better? ‘Comfort foods’ could be adding to your misery.