Tag Archives: Northern Ireland

NI Executive must act to extend income guarantee to self-employed construction workers and shut down non-essential works

  Unite the union backs Construction Employers’ Federation call for closure of all non-essential construction sites but demands concurrent protection for workers   Unite Regional Officer, Michael Keenan, called on Executive Ministers in Stormont to extend protections to workers in the … Continue reading

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Prime Minister Johnson’s shutdown statement causes huge confusion and leaves workers at risk

Only appropriate response to Coronavirus threat is to shutdown all non-essential production putting employees on fully-paid leave for duration   Workers in essential production and businesses must be kept safe or sent home   Susan Fitzgerald, Regional Coordinating Officer for … Continue reading

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Chancellor’s welcome commitments on wage-supports must be extended to workers on zero-hours contracts and self-employed

Measures confirm Chancellor has listened to the case presented by Unite and other trade unions for urgent and bold action Commitment reflects needs of the moment and the strength of workers’ demand for protection in face of Coronavirus threat Unite … Continue reading

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Stormont must act to defend zero hours and self-employed workers who face immediate threat of joblessness

Central government must go further to support devolved administrations Unite Regional Secretary Jackie Pollock called on the Northern Ireland Executive to act urgently to protect workers who had already lost their jobs or who faced the prospect of unemployment in … Continue reading

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Unite to challenge legality of Swissport plans for two-week lay-off at Belfast City Airport

Stormont Ministers’ failure to intervene has allowed tailwinds of Flybe collapse to spiral Unite represents the overwhelming majority of the approximately 150 Swissport employees at Belfast City Airport. Regional Officer for the workers, George Brash, confirmed that shop stewards representing … Continue reading

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