IAC: Company reveals union-busting agenda, says Unite

unite white out of redIAC out of step with archaeological community in Ireland

November 13th:  Unite, which organises commercial archaeologists in Ireland, today accused the Irish Archaeological Consultancy of what it termed a “union-busting agenda”.  Unite is in dispute with IAC on foot of the company’s refusal to engage collectively with workers regarding a pay claim, either directly or under the auspices of the WRC.  Workers at the company have held three 24-hour stoppages, most recently in Portmarnock last week.   Responding to a statement issued today by IAC’s CEO Rob Lynch, Unite Regional Coordinating Officer Richie Browne said it was now quite clear that the company’s aim is to prevent its workers organising collectively to improve their terms and conditions:

“IAC and their CEO Rob Lynch have treated their employees, and the state’s industrial relations machinery, with breath-taking contempt.

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Public transport remains the safest mode of transport for female passengers, but this needs to be true for workers as well

img_0227Translink management must adopt a no tolerance approach to better support staff attacked in the workplace 

Figures confirm Translink employees continue to be on the receiving end of verbal and physical assaults

November 12th: Davy Thompson, Unite Regional Coordinating Officer responded to revelations that confirmed the high incidence of verbal, physical and sexual assaults on public transport are not abating.

“Today’s figures revealed by the BBC confirm that there continues to be a high number of verbal and physical assaults, including sexual, on public transport staff. Bus and rail drivers, inspectors and other public transport workers are entitled to go about their day’s work in peace and to be shown basic respect. There should be no tolerance for such anti-social behaviour towards workers.  Continue reading

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Up to eighty redundancies expected at Camden Group in Antrim

img_0227In absence of trade union recognition, workers being made redundant are receiving statutory redundancy payments only

Individual members of union encouraged to contact Unite officials to secure their rights, non-union workers should join Unite to protect themselves going forward

November 12th: Confirming that Unite the union is willing to engage with management at window frame maker, Camden Group in Antrim, in mitigating the impact of eighty job losses, Unite Regional Officer, George Brash said:

“We understand from management at the Camden group in Antrim that they will be making up to eighty workers redundant as a result of a sudden loss of a supply contract. This represents a very substantial proportion of the approximately five hundred strong workforce in the company and will be a severe blow to the workers affected. Continue reading

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Dundalk philanthropist Naughton told ‘Charity begins at home’

unite-white-out-of-redGlen Dimplex founder challenged on failure to pay Living Wage

Unite announces strike action in Portadown following talks breakdown

November 11th: Noted philanthropist Martin Naughton, founder of consumer appliance giant Glen Dimplex, has been challenged on the company’s failure to pay the Living Wage.  The Dundalk native is chair of the company’s supervisory board, while his son acts as CEO. Trade union Unite, which represents workers in Glen Dimplex’s Portadown facility, has announced a further two days of strike action on November 16th and 19th following the breakdown of mediated talks.  Low-paid workers are seeking a 27 pence (31 cent) hourly pay increase to bring them up to the UK Living Wage.

Commenting, Unite Regional Coordinating Officer Susan Fitzgerald said:

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Confirmation of one-year System Support Services Agreement contract for Kilroot power station bittersweet news for AES workforce

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Decision confirms up to 80 AES redundancies and approximately 60 direct, full-time contractors to lose their positions as Ballylumford B will shut down early 

Need for state intervention to bring forward managed transition to renewable energy with training and guarantees for affected workers

November 9th: Davy Thompson, Unite Regional Coordinating Officer welcomed the news that Kilroot power station would be offered a one year System Support Services contract by SONI that would mean the jobs of more than 170 AES workers and more than 100 direct, full-time contractors would be safeguarded.

“This is a welcome announcement. Unite has fought hard for this commitment for many months now and it will bring some assurance to the more than 170 AES employees and the more than one hundred full-time onsite contractors whose positions will be safeguarded as a result. Our objective is now to ensure that this contract rolls-over for another year after the lapse period of this contract.

“At the same time, this is bittersweet news, as it confirms that up to eighty AES positions will be lost as Ballylumford B power station is closed. We are hopeful that the bulk of these losses will be achieved through voluntary redundancies across the sites but the fact remains that this is a potential eighty more jobs going from the Northern Ireland economy that won’t be there for the next generation of workers. Continue reading

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