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Blackpool aerospace workers will kick-start the New Ye...

Blackpool aerospace workers will kick-start the new year with Unite

13 December 2017

Skilled manufacturing workers have overwhelmingly voted in favour of having Unite the union represent their interests at Magellan Aerospace in Blackpool. The union will be formally recognised from 1 January 2018.

It means workers at all of Magellan’s UK production sites in Blackpool, Wrexham, Bournemouth and Greyabbey in Northern Ireland now enjoy the benefits of Unite representation. The deal also strengthens Unite’s influence in the UK aerospace sector.

Only last month Unite signed another union deal in the north west of England on behalf of  hundreds of skilled workers at a multinational aerospace company called Senior Aerospace BWT near Macclesfield. 

The two deals are good news for aerospace workers across the north west and the rest of the UK as Unite extends its influence across this critical sector which provides well paid, high skilled work and supports local economies.

The vote by workers at Magellan in Blackpool was an overwhelming thumbs up for Unite, with 95 per cent of the production workers voting yes to the union. The union will be formally recognised from 1 January 2018.

Unite regional officer Phil Allman said: “High skilled aerospace workers have overwhelmingly voted for Unite to represent them at work. They’ll kick-start the new year with Britain’s biggest union backing them. Workers from all three of Magellan’s UK production sites will now get the benefits of Unite representation.

“The union will be negotiating pay, hours and holidays going forward but in a world where technology is rapidly changing Unite will also be playing a role when it comes to supporting training and skills development.”

“This deal comes hot on the heels of another union deal in the north west of England on behalf of  hundreds of skilled workers at Senior Aerospace BWT near Macclesfield. The two deals will extend Unite’s influence across the strategically important aerospace industry which provides well paid, high skilled work and supports local economies.”

Magellan is a multinational Canadian owned company which designs, engineers and manufactures aeroengine, aerostructure assemblies and components for aerospace markets including Airbus. 

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Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.