In 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.
“Unfortunately Unite does not hold formal union recognition at the company and so our ability to robustly defend workers’ interests is curtailed; however, we are willing to engage with management to ensure that the number of compulsory redundancies required is minimised through relocation to alternative sites within the group.
“Any members of Unite who have been affected by this situation are asked to contact the union if they are in doubt of their rights. More widely we are encouraging non-union members to join Unite in order to protect themselves going forwards. Workers in the group are being offered the bare legal minimum statutory redundancy payments by management and pay is low. The best way for workers to defend themselves is through joining a fightback union like Unite”, Mr Brash finished.