Kilmarnock engineers agree new proposals over future of plant

1 May

Unite members at Mahle Engine Systems in Kilmarnock have accepted a new package of proposals tabled by senior directors after two days of intensive negotiations, safeguarding threatened jobs and skills for the immediate future.

After a ten month campaign to stop the off-shoring of lucrative automotive manufacturing contracts, the new proposals, reached in conjunction with ACAS, provide an opportunity for workers to demonstrate the plant’s profitability.

The new provisions, which include commitments on the plant being able to quote for new contracts immediately and ring-fencing previously threatened production for the next fourteen months, were tabled following last Tuesday’s strike action and accepted by 77% of the workforce on a consultative ballot.

Unite Regional Industrial Officer Jim Winter said, “This is a significant breakthrough for the Kilmarnock workforce and represents a fresh opportunity for them to preserve their world class jobs and skills.  

Ten months ago senior management dismissively said to us the Kilmarnock plant did not have a future. Today we have an agreement in place that should change the industrial relations climate and enable all parties to work together to sustain profitable manufacturing.   

All we asked for was transparency and a level playing field to show senior directors this plant is profitable and viable. It’s been painstaking for the workforce but we now have that opportunity and the hard work starts immediately.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Unite Regional Industrial Officer Jim Winter on 07810157930 or Peter Welsh in the Unite Scotland Campaigns Unit on 07810157931.

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