Thirty Unite members facing the sack by Christmas from the global supplier and manufacturing firm Hypertac will deliver signed postcards to Smiths Group headquarters in London tomorrow, urging its chief executive Philip Bowman to save their jobs.
WHEN: Friday 25 October at 14.30
WHERE: Smiths Group plc, 2nd Floor, Cardinal Place, 80 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5JL
The 30 women of Hypertac, who have worked for the company for between 25-39 years manufacturing electrical connectors for clients including BAE Systems, were left reeling after plans to shut the north London site in Cricklewood were announced at the beginning of the month.
Hypertac, which designs and manufactures electrical connectors for the aerospace, rail and defence industries - and whose clients include, MBDA, Selex, and Aero Engines Controls - is part of the highly profitable British engineering company, Smiths Group.
Unite is calling on Hypertac and parent company Smiths Group - a company that reported profits of £365.9 million for 2011/12 to do all it can for the women. The union has suggested options to keep the site operating, or failing that urges the company to provide an improved redundancy package and not the legal minimum that has been offered.
Danny Freeman, Unite regional officer said: “These women have given their working lives to Hypertac. Most have worked at the same Cricklewood site in north London for 25-39 years; they are all mothers and grandmothers, working to provide for their families. After so many years of loyal service they feel bitterly let down by Hypertac management.
“The women report that production at the site has not slowed down, in fact, they are regularly asked to work overtime to meet demand. Despite all of this and decades of loyal service, Hypertac is only offering the bare legal minimum redundancy and not a penny more.
“As Hypertac is a private limited company, it has been impossible to get a clear picture of its financial position and order books despite repeated requests. But we do know that the parent company Smiths Group reported healthy profits for 2011/2012.
“Hypertac can and must do more for these women. We want to work with the company to find a way to keep the site operating. Failing that, at the very least, it must give the women a fair settlement. Remove the statutory minimum cap and provide them with a redundancy package that their hard work and loyalty deserves.”
For further information contact Danny Freeman, Unite regional officer, on 07970 081 529 or Chantal Chegrinec, Unite communications officer, on 07774 146 777
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey