Sign the petition to defend Bombardier jobs!

bbThe government must act to defend jobs and skills at Bombardier in Belfast

The UK is the second biggest Boeing client globally. Wecall on the government to follow-through on their words and use their leverage to defend Northern Ireland jobs from US protectionism; to compel Boeing to withdraw their meritless case and lift the threat hanging over thousands of Northern Ireland workers.

More than 4,000 aerospace workers are employed by Bombardier in Northern Ireland; sustaining a further 20,000 in the local economy. These jobs are threatened by the 300% import tariffs on Bombardiers C Series proposed by President Trump’s administration on behalf of Boeing.

Please sign this petition.  At 100,000 signatures, the topic will be considered for debate in Parliament.

Note: Only British citizens or UK residents can sign.

Click here to sign the petition.

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Irish Rail recommendation signals welcome progress

unite-white-out-of-redUnite to ballot members as further strike days deferred

Progress would not have been achieved without determined action

November 10th:  Unite, which represents craft workers in Irish Rail, this evening confirmed that it will be balloting members on the recommendation issued by the Labour Court today.   Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Willie Quigley said that the recommendation represented “welcome progress” which would not have been made without the determined action taken by workers.  Mr Quigley was also strongly critical of comments made last week by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar which, he said, were “dismissive of workers’ interests and concerns”.

“It is up to union members to decide whether or not to accept the recommendation issued this afternoon by the Labour Court.

“What is clear this evening is that the Labour Court largely accepted the arguments made by the unions. It is the determined action by Irish Rail workers acting collectively that secured this welcome progress and has brought us to the point where we now have a recommendation which unions can put to their members, and which – if accepted – will mean a 7.5% increase over three years, the first increase of 2.5% to take effect on December 1st, together with a cash payment.

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ELT: Unite seeks meeting with umbrella group to address abuses

unite-white-out-of-redWelcoming MEI instruction on bogus self-employment, union says all abuses must be challenged 

“ELT sector must be reputable as well as profitable”

November 9th: Unite, which represents English Language Teachers, today welcomed the decision by umbrella body Marketing English in Ireland to instruct member schools not to use bogus self-employment practices.  MEI’s letter to schools comes on foot of a campaign by Unite exposing bogus self-employment and other abuses in the thriving English Language Teaching sector.  Unite is now seeking to meet with MEI to develop a joint approach to raising employment standards and improving the sector’s reputation.

Commenting, Regional Organiser Roy Hassey said:

“Unite has been campaigning to expose bogus self-employment and other abuses in the ELT sector, and we are pleased that Marketing English in Ireland, by instructing member schools to ensure that teachers are regularly employed, is now supporting our campaign.

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Irish Rail dispute: Unite to attend Labour Court talks tomorrow

unite-white-out-of-redNovember 8th: Trade union Unite, which represents craft workers in Irish Rail, today welcomed the intervention by the Labour Court and confirmed it will be attending the talks scheduled to take place tomorrow (Thursday).

Unite Regional Officer Willie Quigley said: “Unite welcomes the Labour Court intervention, and can confirm that we will be attending the Labour Court hearing scheduled for tomorrow morning in the hope that a follow-up recommendation will be issued by the court that will have the potential to resolve the dispute and be considered by our members in a ballot”.

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Mid and East Antrim Borough Council votes unanimously to back Unite campaign for Bombardier jobs

unite-white-out-of-redWorkers gather to hear councillors agree to write to Prime Minister and EU Trade Commissioner to demand real action

#backBombardier campaign motion will be raised at meetings at another three councils in the coming month

Susan Fitzgerald, Unite Regional Industrial Officer, was among a group of Bombardier workers outside Ballymena Town Hall last night to demand Mid and East Antrim Borough councillors vote in support of Unite’s campaign to defend jobs at skills at the company’s five sites in Northern Ireland.

“More than four thousand jobs are at risk from the punitive 300% tariffs threatened to be levied on Bombardier’s C Series by the protectionist Trump administration.

“Import surcharges on this scale pose an existential threat to Bombardier and the loss of jobs on this scale would be devastating for the Northern Ireland economy – affecting every single council area in the region. More than 550 Bombardier workers live in Mid & East Antrim and two major suppliers, Aerospace Metal Finishers Ltd and Dontaur Engineering Ltd, are based in Ballymena.

“Despite Airbus’ recent acquisition of a majority stake in the C Series programme there are absolutely no guarantees for local jobs should these tariffs be imposed. That’s why we need to see urgent action taken by the Prime Minister and EU Trade Commissioner.

“The UK is the second biggest export market for Boeing, the US competitor who demanded these tariffs be imposed. The Prime Minister must use this leverage to demand they drop their baseless case threatening Bombardier jobs. The EU also has a role to play in defence of the Bombardier workers.

“Last night, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council unanimously agreed to write to both Prime Minister and EU Trade Commissioner to demand they take real action. This is now the second council to endorse the campaign demands following on from a vote at Ards & North Down in October.

“Unite will be taking our motion out to all eleven councils, three more in the next month – we are not going to let up until we secure the action needed to safeguard these jobs”, Ms Fitzgerald said.

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Irish Rail: Shrinking workforce, rising productivity and frozen wages form backdrop to strike

unite-white-out-of-redUnite warns dispute could continue into Christmas season

November 6th: Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s 24-hour Irish Rail strike – the second of five planned stoppages – Unite Regional Officer Willie Quigley said that the industrial action was taking place against a backdrop of a shrinking workforce, rising productivity and frozen wages.  Unite represents craft workers in Irish Rail, and Mr Quigley warned that industrial action could continue into the Christmas season unless management returns to the negotiating table with a credible offer – and authority from senior management and the Government to make that offer.

“Over the past decade, Irish Rail workers have been doing more with less.  The workforce has fallen by over 20 per cent, while productivity measured in revenue per employee has grown by a massive 42 per cent.  Yet workers have been subjected to a near decade-long pay freeze.

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