Last ditch talks to stop Kilmarnock engineering strike

27 Mar

Unite members and representatives from Mahle Engine Systems in Kilmarnock are meeting with the company’s senior directors today in Rugby, East Midlands, in a last ditch effort to avoid strike action.

 The union received communication from Mahle headquarters in Germanylate last week for a further meeting after proposals issued to the workforce following extensive talks on Thursday 15th March were rejected unanimously.

Unite Regional Industrial Officer Jim Winter said, “We seek two key assurance which Mahle must provide: First and foremost, that the lucrative bushings contracts remain in Kilmarnock with the required investment to compete for and attract new business. And second, that the Ford Sigma contract also remains in Kilmarnock.

We will ask Matthias Langbein if these conditions can be met and if not, why not?  To date we have received no answers to these questions and today’s meeting represents one last chance to avoid strike action.”

We’re simply not prepared to be stonewalled again.  If these assurances cannot be given the strike action will proceed at 7AM on Thursday 29th March as planned.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Peter Welsh in the Unite Scotland Campaigns & Communications Unit on 07903874255.

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