MPE Jobs: Union demand ‘urgent’ meeting with Schivo NI

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UNITE the Union is calling for an urgent meeting with the CEO of Schivo NI after they accused the company of failing to engage with the them over potential job losses at Maydown Precision Engineering.

Philip Oakes, Regional Officer for the union’s membership at Maydown Precision Engineering, expressed his deep disappointment at the behaviour of management who allegedly attempted to progress redundancies without any engagement with the union. He called for a meeting with Seamus Kilgannon, the CEO of new owner, Schivo NI as a matter of urgency.

“Management at Maydown has failed to abide by the terms of our existing recognition agreement by not engaging with ourselves during the recent transfer process and by refusing to be open about planned redundancies in the company.

“When we made public the fact that the workforce had received letters warning of possible redundancies, they sought to justify their indefensible approach and attempted to portray our actions as irresponsible.

“We were concerned that management might be adopting an anti-union attitude after check-off arrangements for payment of union membership subs was discontinued. We are aware of fears among trade union activists within the workforce that they may be prioritised for redundancies under the current process.”

Mr. Oakes added: “Unite will not stand idly by as our activists are targeted by management. We are considering all our options to defend our members.

“In order to avoid any further deterioration in industrial relations, we are calling for a meeting with the Chief Executive of the new owner company, Seamus Kilgannon, as a matter of urgency in order to initiate a more productive relationship between the union and management”, Mr Oakes concluded.

On Wednesday, UNITE the Union issued a statement conveying concern for 140 jobs at Maydown Precision Engineering.

The new owners of the company, Schivo NI, responded and described UNITE’s statement as “inaccurate” and “irresponsible”. However, Schivo NI did confirm that between 10 and 15 jobs could go at the Derry plant.