Caterpillar NI employees take additional 4 weeks of strike motion over pay deal
Employees on the Springvale, Belfast and Larne manufacturing websites of generator maker Caterpillar are to take an extra 4 weeks of strike motion over a rejected pay deal.
rade union Unite declare Caterpillar has been “refusing to take a seat down” in a bid to resolve the protracted dispute and claimed employees are struggling because of the cost-of-living disaster.
The newest announcement is a continuation of strike motion on the vegetation, with employees additionally finishing up industrial motion final month.
Throughout final month’s motion, the corporate themselves beforehand claimed that they had “negotiated in good religion” with Unite and stated they have been “dedicated to sustaining operations at its amenities” through the motion.
The US-based firm reported working earnings of simply over £7m final 12 months, on turnover of £439m in 2020. This compares to a lack of £13.6m in 2019, although that included a one-off £21.7m impairment cost, the write down of the worth of a set asset.
The agency had additionally put aside greater than £20m in redundancy prices final 12 months because it continued to drastically cut back operations at its manufacturing facility in Larne.
Caterpillar in Northern Eire beforehand stated as much as 700 folks could be made redundant from their Co Antrim facility below what it described as a restructuring away from manufacturing, with Unite union then describing the job losses as “devastating information” for the Caterpillar workforce.
Unite stated their members are ready to strike for “nevertheless lengthy it takes” if an settlement with Caterpillar isn’t reached.
George Brash, Unite regional officer stated: “The blame for this dispute lies fully on the ft of Caterpillar’s administration who’re refusing to take a seat down with Unite to resolve this dispute regardless of requests from the Labour Relations Company.
“Unite won’t enable this firm to starve these employees into submission whereas demanding obligatory extra time and an actual phrases pay minimize.
“Unite has confirmed an extra 4 weeks of strike motion. We’re ready to proceed this motion for nevertheless lengthy it takes for Caterpillar to hearken to their staff and return to the negotiating desk with a good pay enhance provide.”
Caterpillar has been contacted for a response to this story.
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