25/11/2008

Redundancy Terms Sparks Factory Sit-In

Employees at a recession-hit car parts plant in Campsie have ended a sit-in protest in the doomed factory.

The plant has been manufacturing cylinder heads for the Ford Explorer - with such larger vehicles being the hardest hit - as auto sales plummet and thousands of vehicles are stockpiled, unsold.

The workers - at the factory in Campsie outside Londonderry - were told that it is to shut and held meetings on Tuesday to try to resolve their dispute.

They were said to be very angry at the redundancy terms, claiming that the decision to retain some employees meant workers will only get one month's statutory redundancy notice instead of three.
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"If there are 99 people or less you're entitled to one month's notice, but if there are 99 or more you're entitled to three months notice," they said.

Out of the 102 people who are employed at the plant, 90 are to lose their jobs, while 12 will be offered jobs elsewhere.

On Monday, management said the plant was to close "as a result of current market difficulties".

However, on Wednesday morning, it was revealed that while the plant would still close in 30 days time, an enhanced financial package had been agreed to end the embarrassing sit-in.

See: Jobs Shock As Calsast Factory Closes

(BMcC)

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