Bus drivers concerned for their safety and that of public after fourth night of attacks by youths in a row in Lagmore area

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Davy Thompson, Unite Regional Coordinating Officer

Last night’s attack included stone-throwing and attempts to board a bus as well as a Translink monitoring car

Davy Thompson, Unite Regional Coordinating Officer condemned those responsible for last night’s attack on bus services in the Lagmore estate in Belfast.

“Last night a group of youths gathered in the Lagmore area made attempts to board the Metro bus service. When this did not succeed they proceeded to stone the bus. The same actions occurred to a Translink car which was monitoring the service.

“This is now the fourth night in a row of attacks on the bus service in Lagmore and appears to coincide with the mid-term break. These acts of mindless violence threaten not just the safety of bus drivers but that of passengers. Unfortunately there is a history of attacks on bus services in the Lagmore area and services only recently returned to the estate after assurances were provided by local political and community leaders. Continue reading

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Job opportunity: Membership & Finance Administrator

unite-white-out-of-redFebruary 20th: The ESB Energy Branch of Unite Trade Union is seeking a suitably qualified person to fill the central role of Membership and Finance Administrator in our small organisation on a full time basis.

Working in our central Dublin Office, the successful candidate will deal with all of our administrative interactions with our members, other trades unions, other parts of Unite and general enquiries. A key part of the position also involves assisting with our financial and accounting processes and returns. Skills in the use of Microsoft Office and other software programmes applicable to membership systems are a necessity along with a certified accountancy qualification (stage 1 minimum).

The position is 34 hours per week from 09.00 – 17.00 Monday to Thursday and 09.00 to 16.00 Friday. Normal flexibility will be required on occasions. The reward includes a competitive salary, a defined contribution pension scheme with matched employer contributions, generous annual leave arrangements and other benefits.

CVs should be emailed to adminroi@unitetheunion.org to be received by close of business on Friday, 1st March 2019.

A full job description can be downloaded here.

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Craigavon protest called over threat by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough to outsource leisure services

Craigavon protest£3.2 million of ratepayers money has been wasted on consultants threatening a possible 14 percent rates hike post-election

Work force representatives from the GMB, NIPSA and UNITE unions who represent the workforce in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council issued the following statement in defence of local leisure services .

At the recent meeting of the ABC leisure services committee, two parties combined to recommend that a private enterprise company not only run the new South Lakes Project Leisure centre but all indoor leisure services. The vote was carried by the votes of Democratic Unionist and Ulster Unionist councillors although we welcome the fact that independent Unionist councillors and those of the other parties voted in favour of an in-house management model. Continue reading

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Workforce hopeful another airline can be found to take on City of Derry airport contract for London flights

Gareth ScottLast week’s PSO extension means that Stansted service is highly attractive to potential alternative airlines

Speaking on behalf of his union’s members in City of Derry airport, Gareth Scott, Regional Officer for Unite expressed his hopes that an airline could be found to replace BMI Regional (FlyBMI), which previously operated the Derry to London service.

“Unite represents workers at City of Derry airport. The announcement over the weekend that BMI Regional (FlyBMI) was going into administration and would cease all operations including the London-Stansted service operating from the airport came as a bolt from the blue. The Stansted service is central to the sustainability of the City of Derry airport and must be sustained come what may.

“The announcement comes only days after the European Commission confirmed the extension to 2021 of PSO status for the Stansted service from airport. The good news is that this decision will make the service highly attractive to other airline operators. As such, we are hopeful that a replacement can be found in the coming days. Continue reading

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Public procurement: Workers’ rights must be included in any review

unite-white-out-of-redRogue employers must be precluded from tendering

Unite today (Wednesday) welcomed news that the State is to examine whether companies are submitting unrealistically low bids to win public contracts, but said that any review must also look at companies’ employment practices.  Regional Coordinating Officer Richie Browne pointed out that public contracts are regularly awarded to companies which refuse to engage collectively with their workers or with the State’s industrial relations machinery.

“At the end of 2017, outsourcing giant Capita – 40% of whose clients are in the public sector – refused to implement a Labour Court recommendation relating to redundancy.

“Just two weeks ago, the Irish Archaeological Consultancy – which is in receipt of considerable public contracts – refused to attend a Labour Court hearing, indicating beforehand that they would disregard any recommendation issued by the Court.

“Given that 95% of Labour Court recommendations are implemented by employers, the small minority of rogue companies which refuse to do so should be automatically precluded from tendering for public contracts.

“Those companies which regard the state as a never-ending source of lucrative contracts while refusing to abide by the state’s industrial relations machinery should have the contract stream turned off”, Richie Browne concluded.

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