Unite welcomes Boeing announcement that it won’t challenge ITC ruling

Jackie PollockBombardier workforce in Northern Ireland led high profile global campaign against US protectionist tariffs

Clear runway for C Series take-off must now bring more Bombardier jobs for Northern Ireland

March 23rd: Unite the union represents the overwhelming majority of Bombardier’s more than four thousands workers in Northern Ireland. At the end of last year it launched the #backBombardierjobs campaign which raised to the global political stage the devastating impact on Northern Ireland’s economy from 292% import duties threatened by the US Department of Commerce.

The union’s Regional Secretary Jackie Pollock, who played a leading role in that campaign, welcomed today’s statement by Boeing indicating they would not appeal the International Trade Commission decision against the tariffs.

“Today’s announcement by Boeing that it will not appeal last month’s decision by the US International Trade Commission makes very unlikely any prospect that President Trump would intervene directly to overturn the decision – as he has in other recent cases. This was our one major concern arising from the decision. Continue reading

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Teachers left unpaid as Limerick language school closes

unite-white-out-of-redUnite meeting teachers next Tuesday, working to secure wages 

LanLearn case highlights need for proper regulation

March 22nd: Unite, which organises English Language Teachers, today said that 10 teachers have been left without wages owed following the closure of LanLearn, a Limerick language school, after a Department of Justice inspection resulted in withdrawal of accreditation. The union will be meeting with the teachers in Limerick next Tuesday (March 27th).

Unite said it is also concerned for around 150 students who have been left stranded by the closure.

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NHS pay offer must translate into pay parity for Northern Ireland healthcare workers

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UK-wide deal offering 6.5% to NHS workers over three years is welcome news for healthcare workers who have seen real terms pay fall over last decade

Wednesday March 21st: Kevin McAdam, Unite Regional officer with responsibility for his union’s membership in the Health and Social Care sector welcomed the pay deal offered by the UK government but called for it to benefit all Northern Ireland healthcare workers:

“This is a belated recognition that healthcare workers’ pay has fallen substantially behind inflation over the past decade. In real terms most NHS staff have seen their pay fall by more than 15% since the 2008 recession.

“Today’s announcement breaks the longstanding and punitive one percent pay cap enforced by the Conservative party. Under the government’s proposals, healthcare workers will see their wages rise by 6.5% over the next three years through a positive change in pay and wider pay scale restructuring. Continue reading

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Collective bargaining must be centrepiece of response to in-work poverty

unite-white-out-of-redResponding to SJI figures, Unite also highlights need to tackle precariousness, achieve Living Wage

March 20th: Responding to figures published by Social Justice Ireland showing that the number of working poor in Ireland has continued to rise despite the economic recovery, Unite Regional Secretary Jackie Pollock said today that proper collective bargaining provision must form the centrepiece of a policy response to in-work poverty, which should also include measures to tackle precariousness and achieve the Living Wage.

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Striking Belfast Taxi admin workers win support of public and solidarity of taxi drivers

unite-white-out-of-redAll but five of the 160 taxi drivers refuse to cross striking workers’ picket line

Belfast Taxis must address fact that some of their lowest paid workers haven’t receive pay increase in years

March 14th: Unite Regional Officer, Sean Smyth, responded to the spin of bosses at Belfast Taxis:

“Today our members in Belfast Taxis showed tremendous courage in making a stand for fair pay. For years they have watched their own pay remain frozen as others have received bonuses and pay rises. Management must address this unfair situation.

“Bosses released a misleading public statement claiming that they were unaware of the planned industrial action and omitting any reference to their attempts to tie a £20 a week pay increase to punitive changes to the workers’ terms and conditions. Continue reading

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