Already tired and dreary coming off a busy night shift, the first of the workers to leave the historic Bombardier’s factory in Derby Tuesday morning received word that 50% now face redundancy. Many in cars and on pushbikes or just walking as they left, pushed away reporters who want to get their reaction to what will be the first in a series of briefings to staff that were starting to be held.
Many were in shock at the number of job cuts and many had fear of what would happen in the future but not just for them but from the entire city. One local resident said it will take over 20 years for Derbyshire to recover. He said he did not know the number that were in the dole queue at that particular time but when all these people join them they have zero chance to get a job.
Department of Transport’s decision to award Siemens the Germany company for the £1.4bn contract for Thameslink was commented on by many saying other countries always hold on to their work but its terrible to think the government betrayed us.
One other night worker looked at things differently but agreed that job losses would hit far beyond just the factory gates. This will be a massive hit for this small city and can the government be blamed if the bid was incorrect.
Derby has traces to train making as back as far as 150 years and many have family ties with the railways. On Tuesday at the site workers walked around with part-made carriages for the Tube. Beyond September only 20% of the five production lines will be open. Current orders are to be handled as is and the rest could be out of luck.