Airbus to acquire a majority shareholding in C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership
Union assured deal will guarantee jobs in C Series production in Northern Ireland
October 17th: Davy Thompson, Unite Regional Coordinating Officer, welcomed news that Bombardier had agreed a deal with Airbus in regard to the ownership of the C Series aircraft:
“Under this deal, Airbus will acquire a majority shareholding in Bombardier’s C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership, the entity that manufacturers and sells the C Series. We have received assurances that this will mean that employment associated with the manufacture of C Series wings will remain in Northern Ireland. Continue reading
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Tagged Aerospace, Airbus, Belfast, Bombardier, CSeries, Davy Thompson, Investment, jobs, shareholding
Management threaten workers with a lockout if they participate in legitimate and legal strike action
Regional Officer confident Unite National Negotiating Committee will take resolute action in solidarity with Belfast workforce
October 12th: Expressing his union’s outrage at the threat by management at Swissport to lock out Oxctover employees, including baggage-handlers taking part in planned strike action commencing Monday October 23rd, Unite Regional Industrial Officer, George Brash said:
“Swissport management has issued a communication threatening to lock out any member of staff taking part in the planned industrial action. This unscrupulous employer appears to believe that such a draconian measure will intimidate workers by punishing them for their participation in what is entirely legitimate and lawful industrial action.
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Tagged Belfast City Council, Flash Stoppages, George Brash, industrial action, Industrial Dispute, industrial relations, lock out, National Negotiating Committee, strike action, Unite NI members
Combined tax package will disproportionately benefit better-off
October 10th: In an initial response to what he termed today’s ‘unambitious Budget’, Unite Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly criticised the over-reliance on tax and USC cuts which, he said, disproportionately benefited the better off while doing little to raise living standards across the board.
“Today Minister Donohoe announced a Budget with neither vision nor ambition: a budget designed to offend no-one while achieving little.
“As a result of the changes to tax and USC, most people will only be better off to the tune of a few litres of milk and a couple of loaves of bread per week – yet every Euro lost to the Exchequer in tax cuts is a Euro less for the public services on which we all depend”, Mr Kelly said.
Unite serves Swissport with notice of industrial action plans commencing Monday October 23rd
Swissport management must act now to avoid disruption to travelling public
Confirming that his union had served notice to Swissport of the times and dates of planned flash stoppages by employees, including baggage-handlers, Unite Regional Industrial Officer, George Brash said:
“The failure of Swissport management to take seriously the concerns of its workforce over their anti-union actions has left Unite with no alternative but to confirm industrial action at Belfast City Airport starting from Monday October 23rd. The action planned will involve a continuous work-to-rule alongside daily flash stoppages. Continue reading