Britain’s largest union Unite is joining forces with its European counterparts in a bid to save former Alstom workers from redundancy following the recent takeover by General Electric (GE), it was announced today (Friday 22 January).
Up to 600 workers could go at former Alstom sites in Bristol, Dartford, Stafford, Rugby and Newcastle after GE announced plans earlier in January to axe up to 6,500 jobs across Europe.
Meeting with their counterparts from other European unions at a European Works Council, Unite representatives agreed to ‘refuse all job redundancies’ and ‘contest all strategies that would have the direct consequence to lose jobs.’
Commenting Unite regional officer Zoe Mayou said: “We have major concerns that GE is cutting too far, too fast and leaving the newly merged company exposed to future skills shortages.
“The workers facing redundancy are highly skilled with years of knowledge and expertise. They care deeply about the company and have grown increasingly concerned about the business case underpinning GE’s restructure.
“Over the coming weeks we will joining up with our European counterparts to press senior management for greater clarity over their plans which appear to be little more than a crude cost cutting exercise with no thought of the consequences for the business.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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.