Unite and Hitachi urge government for immediate investment in UK train manufacturers

RTM | January 30, 2019

The Unite union has written to Chris Grayling, with Hitachi’s backing, warning the government to support UK manufacturing, jobs and skills by investing in rail infrastructure or risk “shunting the UK’s rail manufacturing renaissance into the sidings.” The letter from Unite to the transport secretary calls for new rolling stock contracts to be awarded to UK factories and warns its members at Hitachi are “increasingly worried that without new work there are currently no new orders in the pipeline.” Unite’s assistant general secretary Steve Turner warned that high-quality skilled jobs which sustain communities could be hit unless the government brings forward new passenger train contracts and awards them to companies in the UK.

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Shared services or Shared Services Center (SSC) refer to a dedicated unit (including people, processes and technologies) that is structured as a centralized point of service and is focused on defined business functions. These functions are supported by information technology (IT) and IT services for multiple business units within the enterprise. As a point of reference, public sector institutions in Europe have been applying a shared services delivery model, both for IT and non-IT shared services for decades. Governments in the Middle East and Africa have deployed it more recently. Canada, through its newly formed Shared Services Agency, is adopting an aggressive stance on commodity-style business such as data centers and email.

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