The purchase of GE Aviation’s Landing Gear, which has sites in Cheltenham and the Isle of Man, by the American-owned Triumph Group has been welcomed by Unite, the country’s largest union, today (Wednesday 28 May).
Unite regional officer Christine Starling said: “This is good news for the workforce in Cheltenham and the Isle of Man as the Triumph Group wishes to expand its operations in the UK.
“There has been a question mark hanging over the future of the landing gear business as GE Aviation has been seeking to offload the business for the last two years. This period of uncertainly is now over.
“Obviously, we are seeking meetings with the management of the Triumph Group to obtain further details of their plans. We understand that Triumph is looking for a site in the Cheltenham area to locate the business to.
“The workforce will be Tuped - Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) - across with the same terms and conditions.
“At this stage this looks very positive for the 200-strong workforce at Cheltenham and also for those on the Isle of Man.”
The company makes instruments for military and civilian aircraft.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
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• 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.