Strike action at ABP Meats, Lurgan set to bring production lines to a standstill on Monday [November 4th]
First 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
Regional Secretary Jackie Pollock: Delfin dispute centres on workers’ right to negotiate collectively through union of choice
Workers 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:
Delfin 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.
Bamford acquisition of Wrightbus must lead to greatest number of workers returning to building buses
Union 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.