Northfield MP Richard Burden has reacted to the news that ex-MG Rover employees are due to receive as little as £3 each in compensation following the closure of the company in 2005 which saw 6500 workers made redundant.

Responding to reports that former MG Rover workers are to be rewarded with compensation of just £3 each from the Trust Fund the Phoenix Directors promised to set up when the company closed in 2005, local MP for Longbridge, Richard Burden, said:

It is now more than seven years since the Phoenix Four made their promise to set up a trust fund for former MG Rover workers, when the company closed in 2005.

After seven years of waiting, former workers are now being told they will receive just £3 each. That is nothing more than an insult to the people who did everything that was asked of them by the Phoenix Four and ended up losing everything.

The Phoenix Four may have lost their reputations when MG Rover closed but they still managed to do very well out of the company financially.

All this stuff about the case at the High Court is a smokescreen. The Phoenix Four could each put £1 million each into the Trust Fund for employees. They’re just not doing so.

Their dispute with HBOS is a commercial one. It does not change the promise the Phoenix Four made to their employees. They are wrong to make their former employees accept all the risk of the outcome of this dispute. They should agree to shoulder some of that risk themselves.

The Phoenix Directors should personally put £1 million each into the Trust Fund for their former workers. There are thousands of them so £4 or £5 million split between them won’t change their lives. But it would help them, and the local community, to draw a line under the closure and move on.

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