Kilmarnock engineering strike suspended after ‘last minute’ offer

28 Mar

Kilmarnock engineering strike suspended after ‘last minute’ offer

Unite members at Mahle Engine Systems in Kilmarnock have agreed to suspend strike action after fresh proposals on the future of the plant were presented by senior company directors at last minute talks.

Strike action had been scheduled to start at 7AM tomorrow (Thursday 29th March). Unite representatives are now holding mass meetings with the workforce to discuss the new proposals and have agreed with Mahle a 28 day extension of the ballot result so these can take place. Earlier this month, 85% of members balloted voted for strike action.

Unite Regional Industrial Officer Jim Winter said, “Last minute talks with Mahle’s senior directors have brought some progress and the raft of proposals presented to us warrant further consultation with our members. 

Our members will now decide whether they provide enough scope for a profitable and sustainable manufacturing future in Kilmarnock but it is hugely frustrating that we have had to go to the brink of strike action for Mahle to even begin to seriously address our concerns.

Whether the new proposals are enough to satisfy a very angry workforce remains to be seen but the lesson for Mahle should now be clear: You cannot decide people’s livelihoods by diktat, we must have discussion and transparency.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Jim Winter on 07739654856 or Peter Welsh in the Unite Scotland Campaigns Unit on 07810157931.

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