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Mayor Khan Backs Making It

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

LONDON MAYOR SADIQ KHAN BACKS GMB ‘MAKING IT’ CAMPAIGN

Mayor signs union charter backing manufacturing jobs as new analysis shows sector employs 110,000 workers and brings £8.5 billion boost to London economy.

A major union campaign to support manufacturing jobs today won the backing of London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The Mayor joined GMB union activists at a City Hall event this morning, where he formally backed the union's campaign to support manufacturing jobs by signing the union’s ‘Making It’ charter [1].

It comes as new GMB analysis reveals manufacturing employs 110,000 workers in the capital, boosting the London economy by £8.5 billion a year [2].

Food manufacturing is now the largest manufacturing sub-sector in London, employing 24,000 people. Other significant manufacturing strands in the capital include fabricated metal products (14,000 jobs), printing and reproduction of recorded media (10,000 jobs), wearing apparel (6,000 jobs) and computer, electronic and optical products (5,000 jobs).

Among the top manufacturing hot spots around London are Ealing (13,000 jobs with a £765 million boost), Harrow and Hillingdon (10,000 jobs and a £891 million boost), Barking, Dagenham and Havering (8,500 jobs and a £923 million boost) and Brent (8,000 jobs and a £576 million boost). [3 - see notes to editors for full London-wide breakdown].

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London said:

“More than 100,000 Londoners work in manufacturing, contributing billions to our capital’s economy, in industries which create well-paid, secure and high skilled jobs.

“I am proud to support GMB’s excellent campaign."

Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary said:

“It's often said that we don’t make anything here anymore, but that's wrong. Our Making It campaign reveals the truth about manufacturing and celebrates the work GMB members proudly do every day.

“We're delighted to have the Mayor’s backing for our ambitious charter to support manufacturing jobs in London, with this diverse sector supporting more than a hundred thousand livelihoods and bringing billions into the capital.

“At a time when insecure work and the so-called ‘gig-economy’ are growing, manufacturing workers are often skilled workers in full-time employment and on permanent contracts. Wages in manufacturing are on average 20 per cent higher than in the wider economy - these jobs are worth fighting for.”

Shaun Graham, GMB London Region Senior Organiser said:

"The idea behind the Making It campaign is to bring together the industrial and political agendas in support of UK manufacturing.  

“GMB wants to ensure that our members who work in manufacturing, businesses and politicians are aligned to a positive vision of UK manufacturing for now and into the future.

“We know from the Government Impact Assessment that UK manufacturing will potentially experience significant negative impacts as a result of Brexit, so this cooperation is more important than ever.

“The potential impact on the UK food industry is of particular concern for GMB London and thousands of our members who work in food production in North West London - any adverse impacts will have a massive impact on those workers and their tight knit communities. 

“GMB is committed to ensure that we have a voice in the future of manufacturing with regards to having the right skills, training and apprenticeships in place."

ENDS

 

GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS

* Photos attached of GMB activists in London supporting Making It *

[1]

Making It - London will take place on  Wednesday 14 March – City Hall, London from 09:00am, Photo call at 10:10am

For media event access and queries, please contact  Michael Pidgeon, Mayor of London’s Press Office -  020 7983 4596 / 07849 077 501 / michael.pidgeon@london.gov.uk 

For more details of GMB’s 'Making It' campaign - https://www.making-it.org.uk/

Watch our film about manufacturing in the UK (featuring Henry Poole of Savile Row – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mM7CjWJLekM

Through the Making It campaign, GMB's charter calls for:

·         Invest in manufacturing - the Government must create an environment that encourages manufacturing employers to invest

·         Buying for Britain – we need a procurement strategy that supports UK industries

·         Trade deals that deliver for workers and industry, and avoid damaging tariffs

·         Build strong UK-based supply chains to support local communities

·         Equality and inclusion - tackle barriers to work wherever they exist

·         A balanced energy policy that keeps the lights on and the production lines moving

[2]

London Region manufacturing economic contribution and employment statistics
 

Contribution to local and regional economies, annual Gross Value Added (£millions)[i]

 

Manufacturing

 

 

London

 

 

8,475

 

 


Manufacturing employment – regional and local[ii]

 

Area

 

 

Jobs

 

 

London

 

 

110,000

 

 

Top five manufacturing industries by employment

 

 

London

 

 

Jobs

 

 

Food

 

 

24,000

 

 

Fabricated metal products (excluding machinery and equipment)

 

 

14,000

 

 

Printing and reproduction of recorded media

 

 

10,000

 

 

Wearing apparel

 

 

6,000

 

 

Computer, electronic and optical products

 

 

5,000

 

 

 

[3]

London manufacturing economic value and employment
Gross Value Added and manufacturing employment at Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics 3 (NUTS3) level

 

 

NUTS3

 

 

GVA (£s)

 

 

Manufacturing employment

 

 

Camden and City of London

 

 

491

 

 

7,500

 

 

Westminster

 

 

379

 

 

4,000

 

 

Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham

 

 

288

 

 

3,000

 

 

Wandsworth

 

 

123

 

 

1,750

 

 

Hackney and Newham

 

 

565

 

 

5,250

 

 

Tower Hamlets

 

 

259

 

 

3,500

 

 

Haringey and Islington

 

 

383

 

 

6,000

 

 

Lewisham and Southwark

 

 

245

 

 

3,150

 

 

Lambeth

 

 

90

 

 

1,250

 

 

Bexley and Greenwich

 

 

535

 

 

7,500

 

 

Barking & Dagenham and Havering

 

 

923

 

 

8,500

 

 

Redbridge and Waltham Forest

 

 

374

 

 

5,250

 

 

Enfield

 

 

441

 

 

5,000

 

 

Bromley

 

 

126

 

 

3,000

 

 

Croydon

 

 

101

 

 

3,000

 

 

Merton, Kingston upon Thames and Sutton

 

 

282

 

 

6,250

 

 

Barnet

 

 

162

 

 

2,500

 

 

Brent

 

 

576

 

 

8,000

 

 

Ealing

 

 

765

 

 

13,000

 

 

Harrow and Hillingdon

 

 

891

 

 

10,000

 

 

Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames

 

 

476

 

 

5,000

 

 


 ONS, Regional Gross Value Added (incomes approach) tables

 

ONS, UK Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES), data is for 2016 (October 2017 update)


 

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