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This latest research from Birmingham Business School

Studies the retraining & reemployment of 90% of the 6300 workers who lost
their jobs when the car manufacturer MG Rover collapsed. School director and
report author David Bailey says it’s research with wider relevance as car
manufacturing experiences a decline in sales.

Prof. David Bailey Clip:

“The rundown in manufacturing in the UK has been more rapid than other
major, advanced western countries. But we are seeing de-industrialisation in
other countries, in Europe, Australia and the U.S. And, only recently General
Motors, Chrysler and Ford are saying they’ve got dep problems and may not
survive in their current form. So we’re likely to see sizable job losses in
manufacturing and in the car industry world-wide.”

The research by Birmingham Business School & the Work Foundation strikes at
the heart of current economic concerns. Some of the workers who the study
focused on spoke at the Westminster launch.

Former MG Rover worker Andrew Cartwright clip:

“ 600 people worked there and they’ve done all this research and they’ve
come round and I’ve filled in so many questionnaires for the, they’ve
interviewed a lot of people, and to me it’s got to help. They’re listening to the
people who it’s affecting, and that’s what matters.”

As unemployment grows in Britain and elsewhere the report offers insight into
how regional task forces can help to lessen the wider economic impact of jobs
losses to a community
Richard Burden MP for Northfield clip:

“This report by Birmingham Business School and the Work Foundation is really
important. It’s important that we take stock three years on, looking at what we
did right in terms of the immediate aftermath of the collapse of MG Rover, but
also to remember that for the people involved,my constituents and others,
the story didn’t stop in the weeks and months following the collapse. They’ve
either gone on to other jobs, or they haven’t gone on to other jobs, they either
had in some cases better pay, or the same pay, in a lot of cases though they’ve
suffered pay cuts. Now we need to learn some of the lessons of that both for
the area and for responding to the future of industrial challenges.”

Michelle Mahdon from the Work Foundation clip:

“ The great thing about being able to work with Birmingham Business School
and being able to look at something that’s happening real industry is
something that is going to be important in terms of the recession that’s
happening, real life that’s happening now is that you’re actually able to learn
the lessons of what happened to people in real life and then be able to
translate that to hopefully help to improve situations in the future.”

There are lessons from this research, not only for Britain, but also globally as
the credit crunch forces sales of manufacturing good down..

Prof. David Bailey Clip 2:

“I think basically they’re modelling these new regional task forces on the
Rover task force model. I think that’s necessary but it probably isn’t sufficient
because I think we’re going to see a slightly different Economic decline , in the
sense that it’s not going to be concentrated in the way MG Rover was, but
more widespread.

Piece to camera:

“ This research by Birmingham Business School has been described as well
timed. It not only brings answers to the communities affected by the closure
but also has far reaching implications for British Manufacturing during the
current economic downturn as Businesses try to for robust plans for survival.”
Hazel Westwood Birmingham Business School

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