The Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) has expressed its opposition to the possibility that Ford could sell off its luxury car brands Jaguar and Land Rover.
Reports earlier this week claimed that the American car manufacturer was on the brink of offloading the classic marques but Ford has so far been quiet on the issue.
Speculating on potential bidders for Jaguar and Land Rover, John Moulton, managing partner at private equity group Alchemy Partners, said that there could be some interest from eastern auto manufacturers, as there was for Aston Martin.
However, Des Quinn, a regional industrial organiser for T&G, said that the two brands had the potential to improve and had a number of positive attributes.
"We believe that Jaguar and Land Rover are two improving companies with improving fortunes that build quality cars that are good to the environment," said Mr Quinn.
"We think they deserve a future."
Ford is expected to make an announcement on the fate of Jaguar and Land Rover before the end of the week.