Union claims that 133 jobs at Maydown Precision Engineering are at risk have been rejected by the firm’s owners.
Waterford based Schivo, who acquired MPE in July, say the claims made by UNITE are “inaccurate and irresponsible” but confirmed between“10 and 15 positions are under consideration”
“Schivo NI has not breached any existing agreement with any trade union and 133 jobs at the facility in Derry are not at risk,” a spokesman said.
“Schivo NI recently acquired the business and assets of Maydown Precision Engineering and in line with restructuring the business, a small number of staff in roles that are not key to the growth and development of the business have been informed that the company is considering making their positions redundant. Between 10 and 15 positions are under consideration, although at this stage nothing has been decided.
“Schivo Group is delighted with the acquisition of MPE, which is now called Schivo NI, and is committed to the longterm growth and development of the business in Derry.”
Earlier Philip Oakes, UNITE’s Regional Officer called on the new management to “come clean” on their plans for the workforce
“We are very disappointed that the new owners of Maydown Precision Engineering have decided to exclude the union from their plans for redundancies in the workforce. It is unacceptable and a breach of our existing recognition agreement that we only found out about the planned job losses when members came forward with letters from management.
“Unite was hoping that the acquisition of Maydown by Schivo NI would mean a better working relationship between management and the union. Unfortunately, instead workers have been issued letters warning about unspecified numbers of job losses at the company which raises serious concerns for the future.”
Mr. Oakes added: “Unite is asking that incoming management come clean on their plans and engage with the union as the recognised representative of the workforce. We are committed to playing a positive role in safeguarding jobs and the success of the business in the future.
“Maydown Precision Engineering is a mainstay of the northwest economy and has a vital regional role as a supplier of parts to Bombardier. We are calling on management to reconsider their approach and engage positively; Unite will not be found wanting in working constructively to secure employment at Maydown”, Mr Oakes concluded.