Investment for future growth must follow sale of Bombardier Aerospace to Spirit Aerosystems

411Skills and capacity of Bombardier manufacturing workforce is world class and has driven commercial interest
Welcoming the announcement of the sale of Bombardier’s Aerospace manufacturing operation to aerospace components manufacturer Spirit Aero Systems, Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “Today’s deal will see Bombardier’s footprint here transfer as a whole to one of the world’s largest independent producers of aero-structures. This outcome comes off the back of a Unite delegation of shop stewards led by myself flying to meet the Bombardier chief executive and senior management team in Montreal.
“We are pleased that Bombardier has heeded our call to be a responsible seller and the need for Bombardier aero-structures production to be transferred as a whole to a company with an excellent track record in aerospace rather than a short-termist hedge fund. It is a sale that offers hope for a positive future for Bombardier workers in Northern Ireland and their colleagues in the supply chain.
“I have written to Spirit’s chief executive officer Tom Gentile and look forward to meeting him in the weeks ahead to discuss future investment and plans for growth and jobs.”

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Strike action at ABP Meats, Lurgan set to bring production lines to a standstill on Monday [November 4th]

Unite logo white out of redFirst twenty-four hour strike at meat packing factory to commence midnight Monday [November 4th]

Overwhelming support for industrial action driven by workers’ concerns over impact on childcare responsibilities

Unite Regional Officer Brian Hewitt explained the background to a planned strike action by his members working in the Lurgan plant of Larry Goodman-owned, Anglo Beef Processing (NI).

“Management in ABP meats in Lurgan have adopted an extremely antagonistic and aggressive approach to their workforce. Workers have been left with no alternative but to take strike action to defend themselves and their families. Continue reading

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Regional Secretary Jackie Pollock: Delfin dispute centres on workers’ right to negotiate collectively through union of choice

Jackie with groupWorkers backed by Unite fighting fund

Dispute centres on workers’ right to negotiate collectively through union of their choice 

Union highlights issues ranging from low pay to Christmas layoffs

October 30th: Unite Regional Secretary Jackie Pollock addressed workers on the Delfin English School picket line in Dublin today (Wednesday).  Mr Pollock said that Unite will do “whatever it takes” to vindicate the teachers’ right to be represented by the union of their choice.  Teachers at Delfin have been engaging in a series of stoppages on foot of the company’s refusal to talk to the union about a range of issues, from low pay to unpaid breaks and effective Christmas layoffs.

Commenting, Jackie Pollock said:

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Delfin dispute: collective agreement vital to prevent further unrest

Delfin 300919Delfin teachers set for two-day picket this week 

October 27th: Unite, which represents English Language Teachers throughout Ireland, today (Sunday) warned that the current dispute in Delfin English School may be just the first in a series of strikes in the sector unless a collective agreement is negotiated.  Teachers at Delfin are preparing for a further two-day stoppage on Tuesday 29 October and Wednesday 30 October.  Issues in dispute include low wages, unpaid breaks, effective layoffs over Christmas, and the company’s refusal to negotiate collectively with workers through the union of their choice.

Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Brendan Byrne said:

“Delfin management have left Unite members with no option but to take industrial action to secure decent working conditions.

“While this is the first strike in the English Language Teaching sector, it may not be the last unless and until there is a negotiated collective agreement.  We are hopeful that the Labour Court will recommend such an agreement in the near future”, Mr Byrne stated.


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Bamford acquisition of Wrightbus must lead to greatest number of workers returning to building buses

Unite logo white out of redUnion calls for wider investment to lock-in Ballymena’s status as manufacturing skills hub into the long-term

Unite Regional Officer for Wrightbus, George Brash, welcomed confirmation from the administrators of the former bus manufacturer, Deloitte, that they had been bought by Bamford Bus company.

“This news confirms the result Wrightbus workers and those in the wider Ballymena area mobilised to secure. Unite welcomes the news that Bamford bus company will buy Wrights group Ltd, Wrightbus Ltd, Wright En-Drive Ltd and Metallix Ltd – a transfer that must result in hundreds of workers’ jobs being saved. In a separate deal, Jans Composites Ltd has acquired Wright Composites Ltd.  

“These acquisitions represent a huge vote of confidence in the workforce and in the future of Ballymena as a manufacturing centre. We need to see this decision followed up by a wider programme of public investment in Ballymena to lock in these jobs for the long-term future.

“Unite will engage with our members and with the new owners to ensure the greatest possible number of workers return to what they do best, building buses. This is a highly-skilled workforce and it is vital that Ballymena continues to grow as a hub for cutting-edge bus manufacturing”, Mr Brash concluded.

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