Category Archives: Manufacturing

Levy will degrade Apprenticeships and should not be extended to Northern Ireland

Apprenticeship Levy threatens to penalise employers who already provide upskilling to workforce UK-wide target of three million apprenticeships a year unrealistic and will undermine quality and number of genuine placements January 31st: Speaking the day after his union organised a … Continue reading

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Schivo NI, formerly Maydown Precision Engineering, enters administration; latest body blow to North West industrial base

Union asks whether work conducted in Derry has been outsourced by incoming management in a cynical ‘asset-stripping’ manoeuvre NI Executive parties must now reconsider their refusal to bring forward industrial strategy for balanced regional growth January 6th: Unite Regional Officer, … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland Executive must deliver for Just-About-Managing Households

UK in-work poverty surges as average wages in Northern Ireland fall further behind those in UK or Republic of Ireland Draft Programme for Government fails to include indicators on raising pay, productivity or investment in the economy December 7th: Following … Continue reading

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Industrial action to proceed at Saica and Smurfit-Kappa in Warrenpoint and Lurgan

Strike action likely to disrupt packaging supplies to Amazon and other suppliers Combined sectoral management blame Brexit for rejecting ‘reasonable’ pay claim November 23rd: Speaking ahead of an overtime ban commencing and a first twenty-four hour strike at packaging companies … Continue reading

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Invest NI failing Northern Ireland workers by grant-aiding poverty pay jobs

Figures show less than half jobs supported by Invest NI pay average Northern Ireland wage Falling global trade and investment trends show impossibility of growth strategy predicated on corporate tax cuts November 1st: Jimmy Kelly, Ireland Secretary for Unite challenged … Continue reading

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