Swissport management must engage to avert looming strike action by baggage-handlers at Belfast City Airport

George BrashThreat to lock out workers has galvanised support for strike action and solicited widespread expressions of solidarity

Management must use remaining days to engage positively or seek mediation through the Labour Relations Agency

October 18th: Unite Regional Industrial Officer, George Brash, has criticised the irresponsibility of Swissport management who appear intent on forcing serious disruption to services as a result of industrial action planned at Belfast City Airport commencing Monday [October 23rd]:

“Sixty percent of our members in Swissport voted for strike action in defence of a union representative dismissed by management as part of a sustained campaign targeting him for his trade union activities.

“Initially Swissport issued a letter to workers attempting to play down the dispute and claiming that they had taken steps to ensure that no disruption would result from any strike action. After Unite communicated detail of our planned action which was geared to ensure that they could not ignore our members’ concerns, Swissport responded with a brutal threat to ‘lock out’ any workers engaging in lawful and legitimate industrial action. Continue reading

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English Language Teachers highlight bogus self-employment

unite-white-out-of-redAbusive practice cheats workers, students and the state

October 18th: Trade union Unite, which organises English Language Teachers, held a protest today  to highlight the worrying levels of bogus self-employment in the English Language Teaching sector.

Explaining the background to today’s protest, Unite Regional Organiser Roy Hassey said:

“Among other abusive practices identified by Unite, bogus self-employment is a serious issue in the ELT sector.  Where a worker is falsely identified as self-employed, the employer does not have to pay any PRSI contributions or deduct PAYE.  The worker is responsible for their own taxes,  and is significantly disadvantaged in respect of sick pay, holiday pay, maternity/paternity pay, unemployment benefit and pension entitlements.

“They may also not be covered by employment protection legislation is relation to issues such as unfair dismissal.

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Bombardier jobs still under threat despite Airbus deal

Unite 007Union welcomes planned EU intervention by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Campaign for escalated UK action to stop Boeing corporate bullying will continue

Ireland secretary for Unite, Jimmy Kelly, has welcomed the revelation by BBC Spotlight that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will be raising the plight of Bombardier workers with the EU President Jean-Claude Juncker later this week.  Mr Kelly also reiterated his union’s determination to continue campaigning for real action by the UK government to force Boeing, and its allies in the White House, to drop the punitive tariffs imposed on the C Series by the United States.

“Unite has spearheaded a growing campaign to demand the UK government use its leverage as the second biggest client of Boeing internationally. In that context we have been engaging with political leaders in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Last week we brought a delegation of workers to Westminster to speak directly to MPs, and our e-petition demanding a parliamentary debate on the issue has attracted almost five thousand signatures in just three days. Continue reading

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Bombardier agreement with Airbus on joint ownership of C Series Aircraft is a welcome development

Unite 041Airbus to acquire a majority shareholding in C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership

Union assured deal will guarantee jobs in C Series production in Northern Ireland

October 17th: Davy Thompson, Unite Regional Coordinating Officer, welcomed news that Bombardier had agreed a deal with Airbus in regard to the ownership of the C Series aircraft:

“Under this deal, Airbus will acquire a majority shareholding in Bombardier’s C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership, the entity that manufacturers and sells the C Series. We have received assurances that this will mean that employment associated with the manufacture of C Series wings will remain in Northern Ireland. Continue reading

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Swissport lockout threat at Belfast City Airport has potential to escalate industrial dispute in UK

George BrashManagement threaten workers with a lockout if they participate in legitimate and legal strike action

Regional Officer confident Unite National Negotiating Committee will take resolute action in solidarity with Belfast workforce

October 12th: Expressing his union’s outrage at the threat by management at Swissport to lock out Oxctover employees, including baggage-handlers taking part in planned strike action commencing Monday October 23rd, Unite Regional Industrial Officer, George Brash said:

“Swissport management has issued a communication threatening to lock out any member of staff taking part in the planned industrial action. This unscrupulous employer appears to believe that such a draconian measure will intimidate workers by punishing them for their participation in what is entirely legitimate and lawful industrial action.
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