Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has won a fairer settlement for the women of Hypertac, 30 days after the company announced it was shutting its North London site and laying off the workforce by Christmas.
Unite which represents the ‘women of Hypertac’, 30 long term shop floor workers of the technology firm, took the fight to secure an improved redundancy package to top boss Philip Bowman at Smiths Group HQ in central London last month, handing in 300 signed postcards, as part of a campaign to secure their future.
The deal represents a significant improvement on Hypertac’s original offer to give the women the statutory minimum in redundancy pay. It shows what can be achieved when unions and employers work together for the benefit of employees.
The technology firm, which is part of the highly profitable British engineering company Smiths Group plans to move the production of its electrical connectors for the rail and defence industries to sites in France and Italy.
Danny Freeman, Unite regional officer, said: “The deal we struck today is a testament to the commitment and strength of the women of Hypertac.
“Fairness has prevailed; these women have given their working lives to Hypertac it is only right that they leave with a fairer pay settlement; one that recognises the invaluable contribution they have made to the company after so many years of loyal service.
"While it is very disappointing to see yet more UK manufacturing jobs moving abroad, winning a better redundancy package for the women will make a real difference for the 30 women workers and their families.
“Unite and Hypertac will continue to support the women in this life changing transition and in their search for new employment.”
The women of Hypertac have worked on Hypertac’s production line, manufacturing the company’s electrical connectors for over 25 years - two of the women have 39 years of service.
Hypertac designs and manufactures electrical connectors for the aerospace, rail and defence industries. Its clients include, BAE Systems, MBDA, Selex, and Aero Engines Controls.
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