Unite to consult members on response to management plans
February 13th: Unite Regional Officer, Jackie Pollock expressed his union’s outrage at management proposals at Andor which will see eighteen workers made redundant at their west Belfast plant:
“This decision is completely unjustified in light of the continued profitability of the Belfast plant. The workforce at Andor has displayed a high level of commitment to the company during its transfer to Oxford Instruments and this announcement represents a betrayal of that loyalty.
“This decision reflects the impact of the global downturn on Oxford Instruments, which is highly leveraged as a result of its acquisition activities. It does not reflect the situation in Andor itself which remains highly profitable with a strong demand for its cutting-edge products. The job losses are doubly inexplicable at a time when the plant is more and more reliant on overtime – just this weekend they have again notified the workforce of a possible requirement for overtime working.
“This decision is indefensible. We will be meeting our membership and representatives to discuss our response”, Mr Pollock concluded.