Unite secures recognition at Gourock based James Walker Devol

Unite, Scotland’s leading union, has secured recognition for workers employed at the James Walker Devol plant based in Gourock.

The recognition deal covers around 100 engineers who are responsible for manufacturing components for the construction, oil, gas and railway sectors around the globe. 

Workers voted across the entire site to have Unite represent the workforce for the purposes of negotiations over jobs, pay and conditions with 73.5 per cent of those supporting recognition in a 74 per cent turnout.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said:  “This workforce overwhelmingly supported the demand for recognition and Unite now looks forward to directly improving their jobs, terms and conditions in negotiation with the plant’s management.”

 Pat McIlvogue welcoming Unite’s recognition at the plant, said: “Our members at James Walker Devol are highly skilled workers making products for markets around the globe. By securing recognition for this group of workers Unite will be able to better ensure that our members are paid fairly and are properly treated by management.”


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Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.