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Andrew praises workers at Unipart and the BMW MINI Plant

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Andrew Smith MP has today praised workers at Unipart and the BMW MINI Plant, both based in Cowley, in supporting the UK's successful automotive industry.

Andrew said: "In Oxford we have seen a very good example of what can be achieved even in the most competitive markets by British manufacturing, as long as you have the right investment, the best design and engineering, a skilled and committed workforce, and a management adept at securing continuous improvement in product quality and responsiveness to customers.

"I thank the workforce for all that the success of the MINI means to Oxford. I thank BMW too for the sustained investment and commitment to the future which can keep Plant Oxford and all its workers in my constituency at the forefront of automotive success for the years to come."

Andrew also praised the work of local trade unionists who have worked with management officials to forge a constructive partnership with real commitment to the mutual interest in success, including a fair deal for the thousands of employees.

Andrew added: "Negotiations are sometimes hard, but the outcomes are good. A recent example was the Unite success in securing agreement that 1000 agency workers on temporary contracts would become eligible for permanent contracts, giving a massive boost to security and well-being for the workers concerned and their families."

Andrew also commended the investment in training and apprenticeships at Cowley plant, with the £1m million Oxford Training Centre. He pressed the Business Minister responding to the debate, Michael Fallon MP, on the need for a consistent national automotive framework for apprenticeships, with high standards of quality assurance.

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