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Unite the Union

May 03, 2007 10:08 ET

European Works Council backs Unite's fight against Honeywell closure

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - May 03, 2007) - Unite (Amicus section) have received a message of support from the Honeywell European Works Council (EWC) in their fight against the closure of Honeywell in Skelmersdale, Lancashire.

Honeywell, a global company with over 30,000 employees in Europe and 7,000 in the UK announced in February 2007 plans to close their site in Skelmersdale, relocating work to Czech Republic with the loss of 49 jobs. This follows an announcement four years ago that ended production of Turbo charges at the site, resulting in 400 jobs cuts and moving production to low cost region in Europe.

Ian Tonks, National Officer for Unite and European Metal Workers Federation coordinator, said:

"We are grateful for the position taken by the Honeywell EWC, this company needs to understand that workers across Europe are willing to organise collectively, rather than be gradually laid off."

Unite members at the Honeywell site are being balloted for industrial action against the company's proposal to pay statutory minimum redundancy terms if the workers do not accept the company's terms. Unite is demanding improved redundancy terms and believe the package being offered is not consistent with previous closure agreements.

The EWC indicated their support at a meeting in Edinburgh in April to deplore the actions of local management who have closed negotiations regarding redundancy terms if the workers do not accept the company terms.

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Notes to editors

Workers at the site in Skelmersdale include Staff, Research and Development and Test Engineers.

Unite works with members, representatives, their colleagues and their employers to ensure the European Works Council agreements and practice comply with required standards to support and extend the rights of employees in multinational companies.

Contact Information

  • Unite (Amicus section)
    Karen Viquerat
    Communications Officer
    01704 546 500 or 07768931316
    Unite (Amicus section)
    Ian Tonks
    National Officer
    0121569 8906 or 07770365759