This Is a Milestone for British Industrial Relations; Relief for Airbus Workers as 1,000 Jobs Are Saved

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), December 20, 2001 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

This Is a Milestone for British Industrial Relations; Relief for Airbus Workers as 1,000 Jobs Are Saved


Byline: Carl Butler

UNIONS and management were celebrating last night after workers at North Wales' Airbus factory accepted a package to save 1,000 jobs.

More than 70pc of fulltime workers at Broughton, Flintshire, voted for the deal which includes a 35-hour, four day week and no overtime to stave off compulsory redundancies.

The company will still shed around 300 jobs as a result of the industry's post-terror attack downturn - but hopes to reach the figure through voluntary means.

Works convenor Rob Dowie said: "Common sense has prevailed. This is a milestone in British industrial relations.

One thousand people will now be enjoying Christmas in a more relaxed frame of mind."

Works boss Brian Fleet added: "The result is fantastic. The partnership we have between management and unions has been tested and found to work.

I will be having a much better Christmas now."

Workers were asked to accept a package to help reduce costs. Without it there was a threat that between 1,200 and 1,300 jobs could have to go next year as Airbus faces a downturn in production following the September 11 terror attacks on the USA.

Management and unions held a series of meetings with the workforce to explain the position Airbus was in because of the crisis in the world airline business.

Shop floor workers were told during a two day ballot:

"The trades unions have committed to save 1,200 jobs identified to be at risk at Airbus UK Broughton as a result of reduced production rates.

"The works negotiating committee and full-time officers strongly recommend acceptance of this agreement to maintain and sustain employment levels on site."

Mr Dowie, the convenor and senior AEEU officer at the works, revealed 1,825 full-time workers voted to accept the package and 748 voted to reject it.

Amongst the contract staff on site employed by the Wynnwith Agency, 429 voted to accept and 21 voted against.

Mr Dowie said: "This package will deliver a 35 hour, four day week.

There are many benefits but some downsides.

As a result of this deal the company will keep open the voluntary side of the redundancy offer and we are hopeful that next year we will be able to manage any redundancies by voluntary means.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

This Is a Milestone for British Industrial Relations; Relief for Airbus Workers as 1,000 Jobs Are Saved
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?