Concern for 140 jobs at Maydown Precision Engineering

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There is concern for 140 jobs at Maydown Precision Engineering after new owner, Schivo NI, issued staff with redundancy letters on Tuesday, according to UNITE the Union.

UNITE also claim that incoming management have failed to engage with the union over the threat of redundancies.

Unite expressed its disappointment and concern to the ‘Journal’ that it has only learnt of the likelihood of redundancies at Maydown Precision Engineering after its members brought in letters issued on Tuesday August 11.

Philip Oakes, 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.