Production workers at Bombardier will begin strike action tomorrow (26 March) over management attempts to force them to work 70 per cent of their shifts at night time which will cause massive disruption to the workers’ family lives.
Unite members at Bombardier’s Central Rivers depot near Burton Upon Trent have begun an escalating programme of industrial action beginning with a 12 week ban on overtime, followed by 14 days of strike action commencing tomorrow (26 March).
Bombardier invited Unite to talks yesterday (24 March) but the company had nothing to offer to help make progress towards resolving the dispute.
The action will cause significant disruption to the servicing, repairs and maintenance of Virgin and CrossCountry trains.
Unite regional officer, Mick Stevens said: “The workforce is understandably furious that Bombardier is imposing more night work on them and causing massive disruption to their family lives.
“Because of Bombardier’s refusal to be reasonable, its clients now face significant disruption. It’s time for the company to get back around the negotiating table and recognise that its workforce have lives.”
For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315
Notes for editors:
86 per cent of the workforce which took part in the ballot voted in favour of strike action and 76 per cent voted in favour of action short of a strike.
- 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.