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.

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